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COLOR CODING

A Hermosa Beach designer tailors a Mediterranean-style home for a young couple and their two children—but not without a lot of color and layered patterns.

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GETTING CREATIVE A young family of four merges the lines of an existing property with elements of modern design to create their dream home.

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NEW WAVE A 1927 Manhattan Beach property gets a major revamp with stunning results.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY A couple pairs his Tunisian hospitality with her flair for style and design to create two successful local enterprises.

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PAST PRESENT Restoring the former Vanderlip summer cottage and a piece of Palos Verdes history.

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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE A family of four seeks the perfect lot for a home that caters to their active lifestyle.

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INSIDE ALSO 37

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

100 COLLECTING

This & That

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of Southbay HOME. Once

evaluating an artifact

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SHADES OF THE SOUTH BAY

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116 MEDIA

In the Details:

80 LEGACY

outstanding properties as much as we love sharing them.

Knoll Furniture Company

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82 ESSENTIALS Really Retro

the architects, builders and designers who make the South Bay

96 TRAVEL Designs on Morocco

a beautiful place to live. Enjoy!

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ON THE COVER Camera ready at the Niksefat residence in Rancho Palos Verdes. Photographed by Lauren Pressey.

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194 FINAL OFFER Words to live by

AND… 133 DESIGN SHOWCASES The South Bay’s Top

nating legacy of the Knoll Furniture Company. Be sure to check out our Design Showcases in the back of this issue for more on

Famous Digs

kitchen upgrade

Modern Marvels:

beautiful culture and cuisine of Tunisia and explore the fasci-

Cool & Clean

HOME IMPROVEMENT

marvel in Manhattan Beach. We hope you enjoy touring these

spiration, throw a party that mixes Western tradtions with the

114 OUTDOORS

Match Game

again, we’re excited to take you inside a variety of local homes—from a historic cottage in Palos Verdes to a modern

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Hermosa Beach designer Kate Lester styles one mantle, two ways. PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

CASUAL AND COLLECTED While we were styling this scheme, we joked that Indiana Jones’ super-chic daughter would live here. The feel is casual but deliberate, with every element having a backstory. The photography over the mantle is a slightly moody and unique reference to the coast, while the vintage rug and pillows ground the look and add an elevated touch. The fabrics and patterns play off each other without anything feeling too decorated. The driving force here is layering. Adding texture, colors and patterns bring an effortless, collected vibe to the space.

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COASTAL CHIC Sure to be a reader favorite, we brought in blues, whites and tans to keep the look bright and fresh for this scheme. The stars of this space are the two custom-designed roman shades and the oversized porthole-inspired mirror. The large mirror anchors the fireplace and brings in a darker color for depth and interest. The linen cushions and natural fiber rug add texture, and the vintage camel-colored leather ottomans are an unexpected addition of color. The goal here was to make the space coastal without anything feeling too kitschy, and the end result was a chic and sophisticated seaside retreat.

GET THE LOOK

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Color Coding A Hermosa Beach designer tailors a Mediterranean-style home for a young couple and their two children—but not without a lot of color and layered patterns. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY AMY BARTLAM AND LAUREN PRESSEY


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F

or Manhattan Beach resident Alanna

the South Bay as well as Malibu, New York and Florida.

Matthews, using bright and cheery pops

“We had to embrace the traditional elements, and I

of color in the house she shares with her

think it’s chic and hip and a little bit trendy. I love using

husband, Kyle, and their two children,

color, but in my opinion it has to be used correctly and

ages 5 and 2, was non-negotiable. “I

in the right areas. I’m not a fan of accent walls and

believe color can set the tone and mood

using color just to use it.”

of a home, and we wanted our home to be bright and

But the design history of this home had an unexpect-

inviting,” says Alanna of the 4,550-square-foot home in

ed twist. Kate had previously designed the five-bed-

the Martyrs Tree Section. “Festive but not too over-the-

room home for homeowners who referred the Mat-

top. I didn’t want each room to get lost in the typically

thews family to her. “Turns out, we learned that we all

subtle monochromatic coastal palette, in which each

graduated from USC,” says Kate. “They wanted some-

room seems to blend into the next.”

thing liveable and fun, and they wanted to make it their

To incorporate Alanna’s love of color and create a kid-friendly space for their two children, the couple met with interior designer Kate Lester, founder of the

own. She loves color, and she’s not afraid to use color and infuse her personality into the home.” Alanna, who initially envisioned a “beach chic meets

eponymous design firm in Hermosa Beach. “This is a

Tuscany” aesthetic, wanted a designated space for the

Mediterranean house, and the last thing we tried to

kids to play but also a grown-up area for entertaining

do was to pretend that it was a beach cottage,” says

with family and friends. And she also wanted to weave

Kate, a Torrance native who has designed projects in

in aspects of Kyle’s affinity for more muted beach and

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natural tones. “Living in the South Bay, it is hard not to be inspired by its breathtaking coastline,” adds Alanna. “Ultimately our design challenge was twofold: creating a coastal design within a traditional Mediterranean home with a much darker palette and reconciling my husband’s preference for more traditionally muted beach and natural hues with my love of color.” “The home still has classic bones, but it’s a fresh take on the traditional,” Kate adds. “Like a Chippendale chair, but we used it in red and painted all of the paneling of the built-in bookcase in the living room in a vibrant color that you wouldn’t see normally. I think we kind of broke all of the rules. It’s traditional, but it’s fun.” The transformation initially began after Kate reviewed Alanna’s Pinterest board and magazine tear sheets to assess style. They chose a neutral wall color: Clunch by Farrow & Ball. “Every room ties together, and we didn’t want to have a ‘green room’ or a ‘purple room,’” adds Kate. For consistency, they chose a neutral palette to build on and then layered color and pattern. “Alanna was very open to things being fun and fresh, and Kyle wanted the house to feel bright and open and cheerful,” Kate shares. “He trusted us, and he would see everything and be involved.” For the project, it was important to combine a budget-splurge ratio including high-end fabrics from Tilton Fenwick from Duralee, area rugs from Pottery Barn and West Elm, abstract artwork by Michelle Armas in cheery pink and orange sherbet tones, and bold pieces such as a coral-hued Chippendale-style chair from Wisteria. “The house is a mix of high-low,” adds Kate. “There are quite a few catalog items, and not everything is custom and ready-made. In the entry, we chose a super-fun bench from a catalog [Wisteria], and to save on some of the costs we made a decorative, non-functioning Roman shade. It’s a great way to use less fabric.” High-traffic rooms include the kitchen and breakfast nook, living room and the kids’ playroom. “We built the breakfast nook as an informal space for dining, but also for the kids to use it a crafts table with storage underneath,” says Kate, who custom-upholstered the banquette with an outdoor fabric for easy cleanup and added a fig leaf-patterned wallpaper by Peter Dunham. For the playroom—with Restoration Hardware papier-mâché animal busts made of recycled paper, and striped FLOR tiles instead of wall-to-wall carpet for easy removal—Kate spotted a zebra-printed wallpaper by Sissy+Marley on Instagram and settled on a safari or world-inspired space for the children that wouldn’t lean too girly or too masculine. “Not too many people would let you do zebra wallpaper and wouldn’t spend the money to make a playroom extra special, but it was a 30-second decision,” says Kate. “The kids love it, and they were running around so excited when they first

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“Each room uniquely captures a little piece of our family dynamic.”

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saw it. They love that they can play in their teepee, and they love that they have their own space. I think it’s a winwin for everyone.” “Each room uniquely captures a little piece of our family dynamic,” Alanna adds of sentimental objects strategically placed throughout the house, including her mother’s Waterford crystal and china and first pieces of furniture she bought with Kyle in the dining room. “Family and friends can relax in the formal living room and reminisce through photos. Our kids can create their own little world in their whimsical playroom, and we can entertain in our dining room yet play board games with the kids in the breakfast nook. In many ways, our home is also very sentimental and incorporates important moments to us from the past in every room.” Upstairs in the master suite, Kate created a tranquil, sophisticated sanctuary for the couple with a subdued palette of soft whites and violets. “We used a metallic, floral wallcovering for some texture and interest and did a lot of different layering of fabrics and textures with violet hair-on-hide lamps, velvet pillows and woven wood shades,” says Kate. “It’s a little getaway like a resort, and it’s just a space where they can stop and say, ‘We’ve been parents all day, so let’s just take a breath and enjoy our space.’” Alanna reveals her favorite room, though, might just be the formal living room. “It’s the perfect spot in the house to truly relax,” she says of the room appointed with a coffee table from Restoration Hardware, a metallic jute rug and drapery by Rogers & Goffigon. “All of the details of the room pull together nicely to create a Zen-like refuge from every day.” “I love that this house doesn’t take itself too seriously,” adds Kate. “It tells a story, and I like that even the formal living isn’t formal, and every room gets used and gets enjoyed. That’s the most important thing.” n

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GETTING Creative A young family of four merges the lines of an existing property with elements of modern design to create their dream home. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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idden off the windy route of Palos Verdes Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes is a 1.4-acre lot with stunning panoramic views and a little piece of history restored to meet the needs of today’s modern family. “This whole area used to be a ranch,” explains Kave Niksefat, “and

this house was originally the ranch house.” Kave and his wife, Betsy, bought the property from its

second owner in 2011. Originally built in 1951, the home hadn’t been updated since then. The landscape was heavily overgrown, and there were many upgrades needed. But the Niksefats were game to take on the project.

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“We liked the original house,” says Betsy. “It was very livable. We knew we didn’t want to keep it as-is for the long term, but we liked the structure and the bones of the house.” The major selling point, however, was the view. From the moment you turn off the main road, head past the gate and down the private drive, there’s a sense you’re tucked away, hidden among the hills. However, it’s not until you walk through the house and gaze from the multitude of windows lining the home that you see the expansive views the property has to offer. “This is why we bought the house,” Kave notes. As part of the remodel, which began in May 2014 and ended in April 2015, the Niksefats went to work on both the interior and the exterior of the home. “We fenced in everything and redid the landscaping,” Kave notes. Out went the overgrown foliage—a mix of tropical plants and native landscaping taking its place. Helping the Niksefats realize the outdoor vision for their property was landscape architect Jamie Schwentker of Schwentker Watts Design, with additional work by Costa Verde Landscape. The result: unobstructed panoramic views, family-friendly vegetation, charming pathways to stroll along and an expansive haven for the family’s two friendly pups to patrol. Tall hedges in the front of the property lend to the private, tucked-away feel of the home. Like the yard, the house went through its own transformation. What began as a 1,793-square-foot ranch house has since evolved into a modern yet family-functional, 2,576-square-foot abode. And while they didn’t completely scrape the original home, “we came pretty close,” Kave explains. “We kept a lot of the existing foundation as well as the original roof lines and 50% of the original walls. But the house was stripped down to the studs.” Pictures of the original property reveal an almost time-capsuled, black-and-white kitchen, heavily dyed red oak floors, and tiny bathrooms that left much to be desired. But there was still a lot of potential in the original framing. “A lot of the shape and feel [of the home] have stayed the same—just with changes in the surfaces,” Kave notes. Helping the Niksefats transform their property while maintaining its original charm was architect Kevin Oreck. Kave says, “We chose Kevin based on his history of modernizing older homes while staying true to the historical design of the original building—and for his ability to maximize the utility of relatively small spaces.” The exterior of the home plays with texture and color, mixing stucco with stone and redwood. With the exception of the bathrooms, the interior flooring is exclusively white oak, juxtaposed with walnut accents on the walls, cabinetry and built-ins. The lines of the home are clean, SOUTHBAY HOME II 2016

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with mid-century modern décor adding to the elegant sophistication of the space. The kids’ rooms (Kave and Betsy have two adorable daughters with quite possibly the most gorgeous red hair imaginable) are minimalistic, with deliberate pops of colorful accents and statement pieces. “We’ve been working with Bailey O’Neill of Edit Interiors and Homepolish to assist with our interior design,” Betsy says. Also adding her expert eye to the project was art consultant

“A LOT OF THE SHAPE AND FEEL [OF THE HOME] HAVE STAYED THE SAME— JUST WITH CHANGES IN THE SURFACES.”

Jennifer Klos of Collector House Inc. Connecting the girls’ rooms is a massive Jack-and-Jill bathroom. “They have the biggest bathroom in the house,” Kave says. A bonus room with a full bathroom attached currently serves as a playroom for the girls, though Betsy and Kave could see it evolving into a study room or possibly a guest room in the future. The master, like all the rooms of the home, boasts incredible views of the property. Vaulted ceilings add to the light-and-airy feel of the room. His-and-her showerheads in the master bath sit under even more incredibly high ceilings, with skylights at the top providing an abundance of natural light. All of the main living areas of the house feature sliding doors, with windows lining the perimeter walls and peekaboo skylights cleverly placed throughout. It’s no surprise that the kitchen and family room serve as the main hub of the house. The kitchen, with its large island and ample counter space, is an amateur chef’s dream. The family room, which was originally the home’s formal dining area, faces the kitchen—making for open conversation whether you’re cooking over the stove or lounging on the

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sofa. “We wanted an area where we could be in the kitchen but still see the kids,” Kave explains. South Bay residents since 2010, the view wasn’t the only perk that drew Kave and Betsy to Rancho Palos Verdes. “When we purchased the home in 2011, we were expecting our first child,” Kave explains. “We wanted to make sure we purchased in an area with excellent public schools.” Touring the property with Betsy, Kave and the girls, it’s easy to see how happy they are with the choice they made and the home they’ve built together. n

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New New Wave Wave A 1927 Manhattan Beach property gets a major revamp with stunning results. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHANG KYUN KIM

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espite growing up in Manhattan Beach and being raised in a family of ocean enthusiasts, Jennifer fell in love with and married Chicago native Marc Roskin. Not before Marc passed one very essential test, however. “The ocean has

always been important to our family, with my dad and grandfather both being lifelong lifeguards,” Jennifer explains. For her father, having a son-in-law who could surf was a big priority. “Once he learned from my dad and brothers, he passed the test,” she says of her now-husband, with a smile.

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With so much history in the South Bay, Jennifer was grateful to be starting her own family in the Beach City she loves. “This is such an amazing community, and I’m so happy my husband fell in love with it and wanted to raise our family here,” she notes. “The town has definitely changed since I was a kid, but the basic, good elements are the same.” Similar to how Manhattan Beach has changed but maintained its strong foundation, the Roskins found a house in a prime spot that was ready for its own evolution. What began as a dark box on a long and skinny lot nestled near Grand View Elementary has now completely transformed into a sundrenched sanctuary chock-full of surprises. Originally built in 1927, the renovation of the property took nearly two years, including “design, city approvals and construction,” explains Robert Sweet of ras-a, inc., the Los Angeles-based design/build firm responsible for the remodel. Other contributors include general contractor Dave Valenzuela and structural engineer Eric McCullum. Rather than scrape the existing structure, Robert and the Roskins opted to work with what they had. “Recycling portions of the original house back into the new design is a more sustainable approach than simply bulldozing what once existed,” Robert explains. “Their original house had a very simple footprint that sat appropriately on the site, so it didn’t make any sense to completely scrape it. We recycled its foundation and some perimeter framing back into the new design. It saved a little money, is better for the environment, and it continues the lineage and history of the property.”  The results of the property’s transformation are absolutely incredible. White with clean lines and a warm yet minimalistic charm, the home sets itself apart from its beach-inspired counterparts at first glance. But it’s not until you walk through the front door that the house reveals its first surprise. Behind the home’s simple, slender entry is an open, airy floor plan with accents of patterned tile and wood for added warmth. Flooded with natural light pouring in from large windows and cleverly placed skylights, the home’s base color is white with pops of personality scattered throughout. Mid-century modern furniture occupies the living spaces, and an impressive collection of art is displayed on the walls. The floors are primarily concrete, with maple stairs and hemlock ceilings. The main level of the home has a slightly formal seating area, with a large piano and fireplace serving as the focal points. Above the fireplace is a photograph titled Saturday Night Fish Fry by New Orleans photographer Keith Calhoun. “I’m a big blues fan,” Marc says, “and we love to entertain, so that image always makes me smile.”

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“This is such an amazing community, and I’m so happy my husband fell in love with it and wanted to raise our family here. The town has definitely changed since I was a kid, but the basic, good elements are the same.”

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Mirroring the space is a large home office with a hidden Murphy bed concealed as built-in cabinetry to accommodate the occasional overnight houseguest. Photos of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers films hang

dining make the space a perfect extension of the family room. The fireplace and grill make it an ideal spot for entertaining. Before heading up another few steps to the master suite, the home re-

behind the desk—“films that Jen’s grandfather Joseph Kane directed,”

veals its next surprise: the sauna. Because, why not? Like the rest of the

Marc notes. “As a director it’s inspiring, as he directed almost 80 films,

home, the sauna has its own source of natural light with large yet private

and for Jen it’s a tribute and reminder of someone so special to her and

windows that open, letting in a breath of fresh air when needed.

her family.”

The master suite plays with textures and patterns merging: concrete

The kitchen is built around a long center island with ample seating.

flooring, the warmth of wood, clean and seamless built-ins. A floating

Rather than relying on overhead storage, plates, bowls and glasses are

wall separates the bedroom and the bath with even more natural light

neatly and conveniently tucked away in drawers. One of the first hints of

pouring in from the skylights above.

an indoor/outdoor living space is a massive kitchen window opening to the courtyard only steps below.

Take one of the two full-sized stairways to the second level of the home, and you’ll find an office/study zone, the kids’ rooms and even

Lending to the communal feel of the home, the formal dining area

more outdoor space. The massive sliding doors to the outside patio

boasts a large, round, marble table that invites an open conversation

make for larger-than-life hallways, only further accentuating the indoor/

between the two spaces. Near the table hangs New York LA, a piece by

outdoor feel of the home.

southern California artist Richard Shelton. “That was the first piece of

With so many open-air solutions making the most of coastal breezes,

artwork we’ve ever purchased,” Marc explains, adding his appreciation

there’s no need for an A/C unit. In the colder months “a hydronic radiant

that “Richard personally hung the piece in our house before and after

floor system provides clean heat for the house, including the outdoor

the renovation.”

patio—allowing for year-round use of the courtyard,” explains Robert.

Just a few maple steps lead down to the home’s family room, with an

With so many elements in the home that complement the essence of

entire wall that opens to the courtyard—the line between indoors and

beach living, it’s nice to see this 1927 property revamped and thoroughly

outdoors now completely blurred. Ample seating for both lounging and

enjoyed today by a true-blue Manhattan Beach girl and her family. n

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For many decades since the inception of the Hans G. Knoll Furniture Company in 1938 in New York, Knoll (knoll.com) has remained a mainstay in modern furniture and design. The publicly-held company created by Hans and his wife, Florence, has now amassed 15 showrooms throughout the country and internationally, employing 3,800 people and carrying items in categories such as office, residential and commercial textiles (KnollTextiles) and even totes. “Florence Knoll used to say, ‘Good design is good business,’” says Patty Niedermeyer, a sales representative for KnollStudio who has worked for the company in Los Angeles for 31 years. “Knoll has always been a pioneer of modern furniture design. We work with new, exciting designers who make an impact internationally. Our current collaborations include David Adjaye, Jonathan Olivares, Marc Krusin and most recent, David Rockwell.” A Los Angeles–based designer, Jonathan created the Olivares Aluminum Chair for Knoll’s outdoor collection in 2012. “It’s really meant as a collective in numbers around a table,” he says. The chair, which was partly inspired by nylon skateboard rails, is available in eight hues spanning plum, orange and white. Throughout history, a long list of notable names such as Harry Bertoia, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Richard Schultz, Warren Planter, Jens Risom and Frank Gehry have become part of the everyday modern design vernacular at Knoll. “Many of our earlier designed pieces are finding new popularity, and we often reintroduce archival items,” says Patty. “The most iconic pieces for Knoll are the Mie, Saarinen and Bertoia collections. I think that the sleek designs and use of material were groundbreaking at the time they were introduced.” Iconic pieces in Southern California include Bertoia’s beloved wire Side Chair, Diamond Chair and Barstool (designed in 1952), now available in a variety of customizable finishes and upholstery options. (The Diamond Chair has just launched in two-tone finishes and 18k gold plate) “I think that Bertoia [who was principally a sculptor in terms of his overall work] is probably one of the most interesting pieces for me … the majority of Harry’s pieces have the opportunity to really move between interior and exterior environments, either in their permanency or in their transition,” says Benjamin Pardo, design director at Knoll. He continues: “I think those pieces for me are really the embodiment of the California lifestyle and a freedom. Those chairs are activated by light, most specifically the sun and shadow. So the chairs exist in an ethereal wire form, but they take on a very interesting life during the day in terms of the long and the shortness of the shadow based on the time of year. I think that California is a very, very special place for that.”

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Next year Knoll will debut a 14,000-square-foot showroom in Downtown Los Angeles designed by New York–based firm Architecture Research Office, which has designed a number of spaces for the company. “Florence Knoll spent a lot of time in terms of … how spaces in our individual showrooms were put together early on—for the people to be able to understand what the objects were for and how they were used,” adds Benjamin. “As we do these spaces, the vernacular of the location is very much important to what is taking place—not just what we make but the way in which we show stuff and what the overall interior spaces are. I think Southern California is an influencer of lots of other places internationally, and it is part and parcel to what we do.” n

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Bohemian Rhapsody A couple pairs his Tunisian hospitality with her flair for style and design to create two successful local enterprises. WRITTEN & STYLED BY KARA MICKELSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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ower couple Adnen and Lenora Marouani, owners of Barsha Wines & Spirits and The Souk in Manhattan Beach, are hardworking, driven, dedicated business owners. Yet they also possess a certain je ne sais quoi—that alluring mix of warmth, charisma and style that is hard to define yet subtly draws you into a comfortable place. It’s a type of hospitality and enjoyment of life you often find when traveling abroad.

They met at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas—both accomplished chefs.

Lenora worked at Michelin-star Restaurant Guy Savoy, and Adnen was a seasoned restaurant owner and executive chef who was serving a prestigious, high-roller crowd at Caesars. A serendipitous meeting over Lenora’s desperate search for plate-perfect spinach was the beginning of a partnership in life and business. On that exact day, Adnen came to the rescue. The encounter immedi-

ately sparked an interest. He invited her to grab a bite to eat. For Lenora, a casual get-together with a colleague seemed like a good idea. Fast-forward several years later, and their passion for food and hospitality continues—along with a busy family life and raising two adorable children: Pash, 3½, and a relatively new-to-the-scene member of the family, little 10-month-old Sura. Adnen’s home country of Tunisia is rich with French, Arabic and Mediterranean influences. It’s a multi-ethnic culture with roots back to the ancient city of Carthage on the bay of Tunis—known as one of the longest surviving and most powerful Mediterranean cities in existence before the Roman conquest. “My fondest memory is being in the kitchen with my momma. That’s where the heart of our house was. That’s where I got nourishment and strength to face each day,” Adnen says. “I was a hands-on kinda kid, so being in the kitchen surrounded by all kinds of things to get my hands into was the perfect place. Growing up in my momma’s kitchen was what really created my love for food and hospitality. My mother was always ready to greet guests and family with a home-cooked meal. Incorporating her love of cooking and hospitable nature has helped me take our businesses to another level. How can you go wrong with good food, wine and a warm atmosphere?” Lenora reminisces on an extended three-month stay in Tunisia with Adnen’s family that set the intention for their current entrepreneurial endeavors. “My fondest memory was the hospitality of Adnen’s family,” she shares. “‘Hospitality’ took on a whole new meaning! Any time we went to family or friends’ homes, we were met with warmth and lots of food. The other thing that really stood out was the strength of the women, especially the older women in Tunisia. Tunisian women rule!” True to their culinary roots, Barsha Wines & Spirits offers small-production wines, unique spirits, craft beer and gourmet food in a stylish, industrial yet comfortable, open space. Barsha is a common saying in Tunisia that means “a lot” or “very much.” That sentiment translates into the care and consideration in designing the space that welcomes customers to relax, nibble and nosh. Food offerings in Barsha’s tasting room include select cheese and charcuterie; fig tapenade; fresh-baked bread with a delicate golden brown crust and soft interior served with Tunisian olive oil or house-made

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“We really just wanted to bring the beauty of Tunisia here to the States—to showcase the beautiful, handmade products from these passionate and hardworking artisans.”

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hummus; arugula pistachio pesto; duck rillettes; harissa; and spice-roasted almonds. Adnen mentions that the kale salad is a customer favorite. The flavor profile hints at traditional North African / Mediterranean style with fresh and dried fruits, toasted bread crisps, crumbled blue cheese, a yogurt honey dressing and pomegranate molasses. The mix of sweet and salty with the creamy tang of the blue cheese is reminiscent of the popular Waldorf salad. Add a wine pairing, with the help of Adnen, and you will be hard-pressed not to be hooked on Barsha’s hospitality. The wine bar also offers grab-and-go food and wine gifts, picnic baskets and fare to enhance an outdoor adventure or perk up the menu for a home party. While Adnen oversees Barsha, Lenora runs the daily operations at design store The Souk in Manhattan Beach. When asked about the inspiration for opening The Souk, she states, “We really just wanted to bring the beauty of Tunisia here to the States—to showcase the beautiful, hand-made products from these passionate and hardworking artisans.”   The quaint boutique occupies prime retail space in the heart of Downtown Manhattan Beach.

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BARSHA’S TUNISIAN SPICED ALMONDS Use these nuts to accompany cheese and charcuterie. They are surprisingly good crumbled on chocolate ice cream. The spice blend is great on edamame with salt and a squeeze of lemon juice, or on fish and chicken. 1 cup toasted blanched whole almonds, toasted in oven at 400º until light brown (15 minutes) 1 ounce Tabil spice mix (Tunisia’s main spice blend consisting of coriander, caraway, cumin, paprika, cayenne; sold at Barsha) 1 tablespoon mild-flavored honey olive oil salt to taste Mix nuts and spice mix together; spread on cookie sheet drizzled with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Cook at 375º for about 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Be careful not to overcook.

BARSHA’S KALE SALAD SERVES 4-6 12 ounces lacinato kale, chopped (1 to 2 bunches) 1 Fuji apple, medium to large, cored and thinly sliced 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 6 ounces golden or black raisins (about 3/4 cup) 2 ounces toasted almonds, chopped 6 ounces red or green grapes, halved (1 to 2 bunches) 2 ounces bread crisps (about ¼ cup lightly toasted, grated or finely diced bread, such as French) Yogurt Honey Dressing (recipe follows) drizzle of pomegranate molasses over finished salad* Mix all salad ingredients together. Save a little of the toasted almonds to top off salad. Drizzle salad with pomegranate molasses to your liking. *Can be found at specialty markets that carry Middle Eastern products or online.

YOGURT HONEY DRESSING 1 cup plain yogurt, unsweetened 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons mild-flavored honey 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper (white or black or a blend) Blend all ingredients together.

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The store reflects Lenora’s sophisticated yet understated, hip style and

blankets, contemporary leather poufs, kilims, Turkish and Tunisian tribal

displays some of her favorite design accents and products that show-

beach blankets, brass teapots filled with succulents, Arabian mirrors, per-

case the historically rich artisan culture of Tunisia and other neighboring

fume oils, shea butter and clean candle products, and traditional clothing

Middle Eastern countries in North Africa.

items that fit perfectly into the sophisticated beach lifestyle are available.

Both she and Adnen have close ties with the artisans in Tunisia who

You may choose from several colors and sizes of cozy babouches slip-

provide many of their products; some are even family. On their last trip

pers, elegant yet casual Jebba cover-ups and handmade jewelry. Lenora

to Tunisia, they had an opportunity to establish and build on relation-

even carries a few hard-to-find culinary items such as rose water and

ships with the ceramic makers, weavers, sewers and store owners of the

orange blossom water. Many items can also be shopped for online. The

souks—or marketplaces—that provide many of the handcrafted items

Souk is all about a communal atmosphere that celebrates home, family

they sell. “It’s an added bonus to help support all of these deserving

and style, with a focus on a pleasant mix of food, art and culture.

artisans,” says Lenora. Her designer eye taps into the global, bohemian style that is so pop-

The Tunisia of Adnen’s youth “has come a long, long way,” he says. “Tunisia was the little country that created the ripple effect of change

ular now: a mix of retro-chic Danish modern furniture; Tunisian pillows

within many neighboring countries.” Little did they know how much

and blankets (modern neon pom-pom and traditional tribal style);

power they really had as a people.

metal-fabricated light fixtures hanging above the shop; and beautiful,

Despite all of the unfortunate recent events and political instability,

handcrafted Tunisian pottery such as tagines and the Hamsa hand. The

Tunisia has grabbed onto freedom and held on. The country is current-

ethnic vibe and colorful rugs and ceramics create interest for those who

ly building back its economy despite decreased tourism and interna-

pass by and peek in the oversized windows or stop in to shop.

tional trade.

With a focus on special selected items and unique, handcrafted pieces

“My hope for Tunisia is for more doors of fair trade to be opened and

with artisan appeal, Lenora also offers her design sensibility to local

more people from the States and abroad to visit this beautiful country,”

clients who want to add some boho flair to their home or outdoor space.

Adnen says, “for the artisans, small business owners and hardworking

Moroccan Beni Ourain woven rugs and traditional Moroccan wedding

citizens of Tunisia to thrive and flourish!” n

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DESIGNS ON MOROCCO AN INSPIRED LOOK AT ONE OF THE STYLE WORLD’S MOST DUPLICATED GLOBAL AESTHETICS

The Morocco that most people are familiar with can be captured in and around the famous Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrakesh. It’s an unforgettable adventure. Dancing old-world monkeys, music, water carriers waiting for photo opportunities, street food stalls, storytellers, local dental extractions, snake charmers with ominous cobras, hawkers and hagglers set the scene. It’s the Morocco of the big screen and a place that, once experienced, leaves a lasting impression. Morocco is a cacophony of sights, sounds and smells. It’s a mesmerizing and contrasting mix of slow and frenetic energy. In the “pink city” of Marrakesh, donkeys and vintage Mercedes share the road. Dust and spices—like cumin, cardamom and turmeric—scent the air.

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back to ancient times, punctuated by modern

elements reflective of their multi-ethnic history.

Riads are traditional homes and palaces that

luxury. Yet the heart of Morocco can be found

The predominant style is Islamic, drawing from

have courtyards including fountains and citrus

in the souks (open-air markets), the walled

Moorish, North African, French Colonial and

trees. The windows open inward toward the

medinas (ancient sections of the city), kasbahs

Portuguese influences found throughout the

courtyard to protect from outside weather and

(forts), mosques (places of worship), madra-

Iberian Peninsula.

threats. Many have been renovated into hotels

sas (schools, often religious) and in the lively market squares. Morocco is a mix of cultural influences—from

Complex geometrical patterns and motifs, decorative calligraphy and the extraordinarily intricate mosaic zellige tiles are indicative of

and offer a cultural retreat complete with wellknown Moroccan hospitality. “The vibrant elements of traditional Moroc-

the lowlands to the Berber villages of the Atlas

Moroccan style. Domes and minarets dot the

can style blended with crisp white walls, clean

Mountains to the coastal villages that offer a

landscape with a mythical, spiritual quali-

lines and dark wood of current contemporary

unique and varied design style. This country

ty, reverberating with a call to prayer heard

design trends create unexpected visual delight

boasts some of the finest architecture in the

throughout the cities and ancient villages.

and rich textural interest,” shares Palos Verdes

world. The detail of craftsmanship is notable.

Much of the design style has spiritual referenc-

designer Diane Barber. “A palette of bold blues,

es, and some architectural elements—such as

reds, greens and yellows offset with white and

find elaborate, ornamental and intricate work

the mihrab, a decorative niche—highlight the

black is typical of intricate geometric zellige

from master craftsmen. Romanesque columns,

direction of Mecca.

tile design—a mainstay of Moroccan architec-

Even in modern-day buildings you will still

medieval doors and ironwork, painstakingly

Beautifully appointed five-star hotels, stylish

ture and a great choice for a delightful splash

carved wood and plaster, and u-shaped and

renovated riads and top-rated golf courses

of artistry in a kitchen backsplash, powder

keyhole arches and entryways are design

offer royal treatment and accommodations.

room floor or on stair risers.”

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From intricate modern and ancient-style

fountains, artisanal tile work, oversized kilim

handmade brass pendent light fixtures that

floor pillows, handmade rugs, ottomans and

African comfort food, noting delicious

splash a “starry” mystical scene to woven

handcrafted leather or fabric poufs are just a

tagines, couscous, bisteeya and the many

tribal or shag-style rugs and a mix of mod-

few accents that create the look.

vegetable-focused dishes. The assortment

ern and old-world-style pillows and fabric,

While Morocco is definitely a style influencer,

Dana refers to the cuisine as classic North

of starters—mostly vegetarian and served

the popular bohemian or global style cur-

it is also an unforgettable experience with a

rently in fashion draws from the exquisite

unique culinary profile to delight the senses.

peas and vegetables, from carrots to egg-

craftsmanship and artistry of Morocco and

Dana Klitzberg, a chef, reminisces about a re-

plant, cucumber and tomato.

greater North Africa. The current design style

cent trip to Morocco and speaks fondly about

Hospitality is ever present wherever you

is refined yet laid-back and blends well with

the sweet-sour flavor profile and the Moorish /

go in Morocco, Dana shares. At a hotel, shop

rustic French farmhouse to modern minimalist

Arab / Sephardic cooking style.

or café you may be met with mint tea, often

and trendy Scandinavian. Reflective of the slow pace and artistic, com-

Fruit (fresh or dried) and nuts are often

cold—includes salads and marinated chick-

referred to as Moroccan whiskey, which is

paired with meats, and warm spices are used—

delicious and beautifully presented in elaborate

munal lifestyle of Morocco, the style is about

like cinnamon, cumin, ground coriander, tur-

silver teakettles and gorgeous, jewel-toned

creating special places with signature pieces.

meric and saffron. Preserved lemons and olives

decorated glasses.

Peaceful and serene courtyards, decorative

are also found everywhere.

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just returned from his second Moroccan trip, states that from the storied casbah Ouarzazate to the windsurfing capital of Essaouira on the northern coast—with its beautiful leather and beach camel excursions—to the hypnotic market of Marrakesh onward into the majestic blue of the city of Chefchaouen and the ancient city of Fez, be prepared to be amazed at every turn. “A trip to Morocco offers something for everyone: five-star luxury or modest hospitality,” he says. As award-winning tour operator Peggy Markel suggests, it is a “feast for the senses.” With two decades of deep experience in global culinary traditions, she personally hand-tailors each of her programs to lead her guests into cultural immersion through the sensorial pleasure of food in Morocco. Her Moroccan adventure was developed in conjunction with the inception of the luxurious Jnane Tamsna guesthouse, a paradigm of Moroccan luxury and class in the Palmeraie and home to designer Meryanne Loum-Martin. Peggy’s personalized trip offers a complete experience of how cuisine, culture and the popular global Moroccan style can bring a sense of expansiveness and appreciation to our lives. Morocco and its essence—or style, if you will—is a place to wander, create, explore and get lost … literally and figuratively, weaving in and out of the narrow labyrinth of passageways in the old cities, where families structure their days and kids scurry about. Across the vast countryside you will find treasures that soothe and awaken your soul. A spirit of community, creativity and artistry takes you back to a faraway, magical, vibrant, diverse and timeless place. n


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ON THE HUNT

islands such as older, ritually used masks, figurative sculpture, shields, and beautifully decorated utilitarian objects like wooden bowls, drums and clubs. In collecting Oceanic art there

PALOS VERDESBASED OCEANIC ART DEALER HIGHLIGHTS THE ESSENTIALS TO PROSPECTIVE COLLECTORS.

are three critical factors to consider: age, authenticity and beauty. Age determines when the object was actually made. In general the earlier in relation to contact with the West the better—with the most sought-after material being “pre-contact” (those pieces made without the use of steel tools and prior to outside Western religious influence.) Authenticity is of immense impor-

Along the southern coast of New Guin-

tance to Oceanic art and all tribal

ea, a number of large rivers flow into

art. That the object was made for

the shallow gulf where the people live in

ritual purposes and not for sale

houses built on posts above the brown,

ensures a spiritual purity and a

muddy waters. The inhabitants were

strong emotional presence. In their

some of the most fearsome headhunters

traditional village contexts, these

and cannibals of the South Pacific at the

pieces were not meant to just repre-

end of the 19th century—often killing

sent ancestral spirits but were actual

and consuming the first missionaries

manifestations of those spirits, bring-

sent to convert them.

ing them to life. So the best pieces

The men lived separately in large, cav-

of Oceanic art still convey that living,

ernous long houses with walls of skulls—

breathing spiritual presence.

relics of past ancestors and trophies

Of course, of paramount impor-

of enemies killed in battle. Alongside

tance in any piece of Oceanic art is

the skull shrines were flat, oval, wood-

beauty. While there are many older,

en boards representing the ancestral

authentic, worthy artifacts from the

spirits—those mythological beings

South Pacific, what I deal in are those

responsible for the origin of the people

objects that have a higher aesthetic

themselves but also their continued

component with remarkable beauty

wellbeing. These carved and decorated

and form. The best traditional artists

boards, usually referred to as “gope,”

from the South Pacific created objects

brought to life the spirit that ensured

with an otherworldly quality and a

success in battle: fishing and garden

free-form aesthetic that made the art

produce for each clan.

being produced by their 19th-century

The gope board illustrated here is a

Western European counterparts look

superb, late 19th-century example from

conventional and pedestrian.

the Tomkins Collection and illustrated in

NEW GUINEA SPIRIT

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Past Present Restoring the former Vanderlip summer cottage and a piece of Palos Verdes history WRITTEN BY DIANE E. BARBER PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

V

isionary Frank A. Vanderlip Sr., the late founding father of Palos Verdes, purchased 16,000 acres of land on the peninsula sight-unseen in 1913. The esteemed financier’s Wall Street career, his philanthropic endeavors and rich family life in New

York—coupled with the modes of transportation available in those days— left little time for coast-to-coast travel. But the following year he boarded a train to California to marvel at his real estate investment firsthand— a voyage that marked the beginning of a “new Italian Riviera” in the South Bay. With great passion and imagination, Frank Sr. set out to transform the farming and ranching land into an exclusive, Mediterranean-style community. His first step was to have a meteorological study of all four seasons conducted to determine the best location for his family’s vacation home. When the study was completed in 1916, he began building The Cottage in Portuguese Bend—the first residence in Palos Verdes other than land workers’ housing. Two pre-made rooms were moved from San Pedro by horse-drawn wagons and placed on the chosen site. When his wife, Narcissa, arrived from New York and saw where they were positioned, she was extremely unhappy with the angle for the view. So Frank Sr. had them moved to her liking, and the work continued.


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By the 1920s what started as two simple

younger brother John in 1977. Prior to John

construction firm Colich & Sons, is no strang-

rooms without utilities and an outdoor cooking

and his family making The Cottage their per-

er to building ventures. John’s talented team,

grill had evolved into a two-story, four-bed-

manent residence, it had been unoccupied for

complemented by local architect Tim Racisz,

room and four-bathroom residence with an

many years.

and the couple’s mutual passion for design and

adjacent guesthouse known as The Villa. The

Spiderwebs, ceiling cracks and original fur-

distinct Hudson Valley-style home appointed

nishings welcomed John and his wife, Suzanne,

with European furnishings paid homage to the

who did minor remodeling over the course of

The Coliches’ greatest obstacle was to sat-

Vanderlips’ 50+-room estate in New York.

several years and later added a pool. In 2010,

isfy the city’s requirement for a new founda-

after both John and Suzanne had died, the

tion. “The existing foundation was made with

by train to spend time entertaining in sunny

home was put on the market to be sold outside

stacked Palos Verdes stone and grout,” says

California and to further develop the peninsu-

the Vanderlip family for the first time.

John. “Though it was stable for 100 years, we

Regular winter family voyages were made

la. After Frank Sr. died in 1937, various family

In August 2012 John and Janine Colich

authentic restoration paved the way for what became a three-year project and labor of love.

had to excavate by hand under the house to

members and distinguished friends lived at

purchased The Cottage on more than an acre

bedrock, level the house using jacks and pour

The Cottage and visited for short stays.

of land with their own vision for the historical-

new concrete around them.”

When Narcissa passed away in 1966, their son Frank Jr. inherited it and later sold it to his

ly rich home. The Colich family, which owns and operates Gardena-based engineering

Roughly 90% of the home was gutted and rebuilt. The original fireplace in the new library

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(formerly the living room) remained, and most

the past. The pool was refinished, and water

of the old-growth Douglas fir wood floors were

features and ambient lighting were added. An

Michelle Dennee to install furnishings that

retained and restored—with additional flooring

original 100-year-old fountain was enhanced.

were an ode to the past. “In our initial meeting

installed to match. Some ceilings were raised,

While John and his superintendent, Sam

Janine also enlisted the design talents of

we agreed it was important to maintain the

and the roofing, balconies and siding were re-

Cracchiolo, were busy managing the con-

historical integrity of The Cottage. So during

placed to meet current building codes. A new

struction, Janine focused on the design.

the process of selecting each fabric and piece

front entry and staircase were added as part of

According to her, the house tells a unique story

of furniture, we made sure it honored the era

the 1,200 square feet of increased living space,

and they did not want to take away from it.

of the original home so that the Coliches could

and the quaint guesthouse was rebuilt.

She researched homes of the same era and

carry that tradition forward,” says Michelle.

Environmental upgrades included converting

architecture in the Hamptons before selecting

They selected a primary color palette of

the house to 100% solar power, LED lighting,

materials, finishes and extensive architectural

crisp whites and soothing neutrals to high-

CALGreen-compliant plumbing fixtures and

detailing—with many recommendations from

light richly colored woods and classic black,

a tankless water heater. The landscaping re-

interior designer Phil Norman.

grey and white stone countertops and floor

design included the addition of 64 olive trees

Sophisticated, European-inspired design de-

tiles. In contrast, they designed the library

throughout the property and a vegetable gar-

tails include Thassos and Carrara marble, time-

with deep earth-toned leathers and au-

den. Black opal stone was installed along the

less finds at Classic Tile & Design in Hermosa

tumn-colored fabrics to complement the

front perimeter wall, exterior flowerbeds and

Beach and Ann Sacks tile, Waterstone plumb-

floor-to-ceiling bookcases, paneling and

retaining walls.

ing fixtures and Emtek hardware. Extensive

wood floors. Shades of ocean blues and

millwork and cabinetry were installed through-

greens were selected to accent the materials

out the house by various local artisans.

and finishes in the guest rooms.

Gas lamps added to the exterior of the house gave a finishing touch with a nod to

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In our initial meeting we agreed it was important to maintain the historical integrity of The Cottage. So during the process of selecting each fabric and piece of furniture, we made sure it honored the era of the original home so that the Coliches could carry that tradition forward.

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As a quiet salute to Frank Sr. (also the father of the peacock flocks on the peninsula), peacock motifs that were on the original screen doors were removed and placed on the fireplace mantle in the library and carved on the front of a custom powder room vanity. When asked which room is her favorite, Janine proudly replies with a smile, “Each room has its own distinct personality, but I cook a lot so probably the kitchen. Though our favorite place to spend time together is on the front porch.” A century has passed since Frank Vanderlip Sr. built his first home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Though The Cottage and a piece of his legacy has moved on to a new family, there is no doubt that the Coliches will treasure it as the Vanderlips did for many years to come. n Special research thanks to Don Christy and Vicki Mack. For more on the Vanderlip family, visit frankvanderlip.com.

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Affordable luxury is an oxymoron, but South Bay homeowners are finding creative ways to make the beach lifestyle comfortable and convenient. Whether you live on The Strand with a patio full of sand or inland with garden soil and grass, an outdoor shower helps keeps the interior of your house clean. However, more homeowners are discovering that an outdoor shower can be both utilitarian and a relaxing retreat. Options abound that fit every style and budget—ranging from designer-created spaces to big-box store DIY installations. South Bay interior designer Caroline Burke says her clients “want the outdoor shower to be integrated into the house design, and include both a shower and a foot bath.” For a Bali-inspired home, Caroline incorporated a wall of bamboo, teak wood, rocks and modern fixtures. When designing an outdoor shower for a Nantucket-style home, she opted for a white wood-plank shower surround with nautical-inspired fixtures including a surfboard backdrop. Manhattan Beach-based Strand Boards showers have taken the South Bay by storm. Founded in 2015 by Hans Thadhani, the company uses real surfboards to create showers, chandeliers and furniture. “We use real boards for the authenticity, the cool factor and because real boards can withstand the water from the shower, the weather and wet suits,” says Hans. Strand Boards range from the straightforward Classic Line to the Elite Shower Line that can be customized with options that include homeowner names and extra components. Simple outdoor shower options can be found at big-box hardware stores. Another solution—one of the most stylish and easiest—is the Seletti “Aquart” shower by Selab. The sleek copper shower is mounted on a cement cylinder and only requires a hose adaptor for an instant outdoor rinse. When considering the entire shower area, it’s important to remember all of the things necessary for an outdoor shower. Waterproof storage containers can hold clean, dry towels and robes, while hooks are perfect for hanging up wet, dirty towels. Soap, shampoo and lotion can be easily stored on shelves, while flip-flops can rest on racks. Teak, rubber or microfiber mats offer stability under wet feet. Once only for beachside homes, outdoor showers are a common element that solves a host of problems including dirty feet and muddy dogs. If there’s space for a bench and a sunset, the outdoor shower is elevated to a room with a view. n

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DESIGN/BUILD

134 PRITZKAT & JOHNSON

154 RAS-A, INC.

ARCHITECTS, INC.

Miles Pritzkat & Keith Johnson

136 MICHAEL LEE

ARCHITECTS, INC.

Michael Lee

138 TOMARO

DESIGN GROUP

156 C & C PARTNERS

DESIGN/BUILD FIRM, INC.

CONSTRUCTION

ASSOCIATES AIA

Joyce Flood

Patrick Cunningham & Michael Cunningham

158 CUSTOM DESIGN &

140 JOYCE FLOOD +

Robert Sweet

160 LANE DESIGN + BUILD Gary Lane

GROUP

Phil Norman

176 KCM STUDIO

Kimberly Colletti

178 ABOUT:SPACE, LLC

Josette Murphy

180 NADIA DESIGNS

Nadia Elgrably McMahon

182 EDEN LA FURNITURE

AND INTERIORS

Jamie Roddy

142 JOSEPH SPIERER

162 LUNADA CONSULTING

184 DIANE BARBER

ARCHITECTS, INC.

Joseph Spierer

& DESIGN, INC.

Jane Biggeln

DESIGNERY Diane Barber

144 LANEY LA

164 STUDIO SYNERGY

186 GRACE HOME

THE BUILDERS

166 SARA BALOUGH

188 KONNI TANAKA

146 LUANN

DEVELOPMENT

Luann Fabian

Nuné Nitsiotis

DESIGNS | BEARDSLEY AND SONS CONSTRUCTION, INC. Sara Balough & Sean Beardsley

148 ZIGRANG

168 OUTDOOR

CONSTRUCTION INC.

Tim Zigrang

HARDSCAPES Jim Walsh

150 ARCHER BUILDING PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

174 NORMAN DESIGN

GROUP, INC.

Ben Archer

152 RICHARD HAYNES

THE DESIGNERS

170 CAROLINE BURKE

FURNISHINGS

DESIGN GROUP

Konni Tanaka

190 VON HEMERT

INTERIORS

Floyd Elwell, Sia Mozayanni, Gregory Towle

HOME THEATRE

192 VISION AND SOUND

DESIGNS & ASSOCIATES

Caroline Burke

172 KATE LESTER

INTERIORS

Kate Lester

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PRITZKAT & JOHNSON ARCHITECTS, INC. MILES PRITZKAT & KEITH JOHNSON 306 Vista del Mar, Suite A Redondo Beach 310-375-7700 info@pritzkatjohnson.com pritzkatjohnson.com

This Spanish Colonial Revival started off as an

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

unassuming, post-war, wood-sided, ranch-style

Pritzkat & Johnson Architects provides clients

home with a garage located at the rear of the

with a high level of design and technical exper-

property that was accessed by a very steep

tise through the involvement of the company

driveway. Although technically a remodel, every

principals in each aspect of every project. With

room was re-imagined to make the clients’ wish

our residential projects, we believe each client

of living in a 1920s, Spanish-style home a reality.

deserves a unique design solution based on

The sloping property allowed for a three-story

their specific needs. With more than 40 years

villa with different terrace levels, curved exte-

of architectural experience, we design distinctly

rior stairways, outdoor lounge areas that take

creative yet functional spaces that are appro-

advantage of city views and create interesting

priate to the natural and built environment of

massing at the front of the house. The home-

Southern California.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

owner was highly involved during the construction and with the interiors. DESCRIBE THE VERNACULAR OF YOUR PRACTICE.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU? When our clients decide to start the design process, it signals the beginning of one of the

Architectural styles—like clothing, cars or

most unique endeavors in the human experi-

music—vary by the individual. We believe that

ence: the shaping and customizing of your own

any style can be designed well as long as the

surroundings. Going on that journey with our

finished design follows the universal language of

clients by designing and delivering distinguished

architecture. We pride ourselves in distilling the

homes that combine a high level of artistry and

timeless design elements to create a completed

functionality no matter the style or scale is a

project that looks beautiful and exceeds the

truly gratifying experience.

expectations of our clients.

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MICHAEL LEE ARCHITECTS, INC. MICHAEL LEE, AIA 2200 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-545-5771 info@MLeeArchitects.com MLeeArchitects.com

DESCRIBE THE PROJECT YOU FEATURED.

range of styles. We also do multi-family residen-

This 3,600-square-foot, single-family residence

tial, small commercial and restaurant work, along

sits on a quiet corner lot in the Tree Section of

with interior design and construction manage-

Manhattan Beach. The home was designed for a

ment. Design/build has been a very successful

young couple and their twin toddler daughters.

formula for us on numerous projects.

The house has the requisite bedrooms and bathrooms, but what makes it unique are the surprising number of family and play spaces that open to large decks or yards. The lower play room opens to a gated motor court off the garage and a grassy backyard where the kids and dogs can run wild. A large mid-level deck with an outdoor fireplace allows mom and dad to keep an eye on the kids below. The deck expands the main family room through disappearing sliding glass doors. A dramatic central kitchen separates this family room from a formal living room, which has its own sunny patio and street side yard. A whimsical putting green and fire pit have become a popular stopping-off spot for neighbors on their evening walks. Upstairs the children’s play/study area is

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU? Working in architecture is challenging given the huge range of skills and responsibilities that an architect must take on. However, this is what makes being an architect so rewarding. An architect must solve problems in an aesthetic way, engineer projects cost-effectively, guide them through the byzantine municipal approval processes, and then coordinate the construction and finishes of those projects. Having an understanding of all aspects of the design process and a deep appreciation for good architecture and all of its various components gives us great satisfaction. WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY?

straddled by two private decks nestled in the

We look at every project with fresh eyes and as a

arms of a giant eucalyptus tree. Filtered afternoon

chance to design a unique and exciting building

light coming through the tree amplifies a feeling

that will enhance the lives of its inhabitants. We

of being in a secret tree house.

carry this enthusiasm forward through the design

DESCRIBE THE VERNACULAR OF YOUR PRACTICE. We are primarily a custom residential design firm. We specialize in private homes throughout the

and construction process and work diligently to assure that our projects exceed our clients’ expectations.

LA Basin and Southern California, with some of

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

our newer projects being in Newport Beach and

The most valuable service we offer is our belief

Santa Barbara County. Our belief in the basics of

in good design and our understanding of what

good design enables us to design successfully in a

it takes to create lasting, quality architecture.

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TOMARO DESIGN GROUP 2617 N Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 100, Manhattan Beach 310-318-8089 | Tomaro@Tomaro.com | Tomaro.com DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

expansive pocketing door systems and large

The design for this stunning, three-story, con-

glazing elements so that even when standing

temporary home—built by D65 Enterprises—was

inside, one can enjoy the incredible ocean views

driven by the incredible ocean views from nearly

from nearly every room of the house.

every room. The living room takes maximum advantage of the view, as it twists off axis and projects directly toward the view of the ocean and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The clients wanted a house that blended interior and exterior space to take advantage of the Southern California climate. The disappearing sliding door systems link the backyard, great room and front yard into one continuous space, seamlessly blending an indoor/outdoor relationship and private vs. semi-public space. A private gathering space located at the second floor

HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE SUSTAINABLE OR “GREEN” ELEMENTS INTO YOUR WORK? We stay educated on the latest green technology and always incorporate numerous sustainable building elements into our designs as standard practice. A number of our employees are LEEDcertified, and we are pursuing LEED certification on many of our commercial projects. WHAT ARE TOMARO DESIGN GROUP’S AREAS OF EXPERTISE? Tomaro Design Group has been at the forefront

opens onto a large covered deck. An additional

of architecture in the South Bay for 25 years.

set of stairs from the second floor deck to the

We specialize in a wide variety of architecture,

backyard creates a circulation path that helps

ranging in a variety of styles. In addition to the

link all of these spaces together with the main

homes that we design each year, we have been

stair of the house.

working on multiple commercial projects. We

The backyard contains a pool, spa and a

bring our hands-on approach and attention to

cabana, while an additional spa with an infinity

detail into all of our projects, allowing us to cre-

edge and a built-in fire feature is integrated into

ate buildings that have a personalized feel, relate

the front yard. The roof of the cabana at the

to the neighborhood and reflect our clients’

backyard makes an ode to the large roof projec-

aesthetic preferences.

tion at the second floor with its own striking roof cantilever. A private family room and theater are situated

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER CLIENTS? Our innovative designs, sophisticated plans and

in the basement, while the first floor contains

3D modeling. Every project is new and excit-

a large, spacious kitchen and great room that

ing for us, and we design each one to meet the

are open to the views. The entire home contains

needs and vision of our clients.

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JOYCE FLOOD + ASSOCIATES AIA JOYCE FLOOD 505 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 4 Manhattan Beach 310-376-4797 | joyceflood@aol.com joycefloodarchitect.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This project is a custom design house on a walk street in Hermosa Beach. It is for a family that uses this house as a weekend retreat. To showcase views and capture light, the entertaining areas are located on the top floor, with an open floor plan

The sleeping areas are located mid level. The height restriction in this zone was a challenge. The owners are used to the high ceilings, and we approached the problem by creating vaulted ceilings on the top floor. We used every inch of the height limit! The open floor plan concept gives the illusion of volume, and the ceiling sections define each space on the top floor.

years now, and I think I know the area enough to give the clients a good feel of what they can and can’t do when they are starting a project. HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR CLIENTS’ NEEDS AND DESIRES? I like to conduct my initial meetings at client’s homes. I try and observe their lifestyle while meet-

TELL US ABOUT A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR INDUSTRY.

ing with them and project their needs. Constant

One of the things I like about my practice is I don’t

phase because the more I interact with them, the

have a typical day. There is a misconception that

more I get a better feel of how we can achieve a

we sit in front of our computers all day. In addition

good product/design. I believe in listening to the

to planning and designing, I spend a lot of time

client and that each one has unique needs, and I

at jobsites, meeting with clients, builders and

believe in providing a good design to meet their

consultants. That’s what makes my work exciting.

lifestyle

It’s different every day.

concept. A secondary entertainment area that

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED YOUR SERVICES?

opens to a patio is located on the walk street level.

I have worked in the South Bay for quite a few

communication is essential during the design

HOW DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION IN YOUR DESIGN? Travel. Being in a new place and doing new things refresh the mind.

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JOSEPH SPIERER ARCHITECTS, INC. JOSEPH SPIERER 707 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100 Redondo Beach 310-876-8761 joe@calarchitect.com calarchitect.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

science, as one informs the other. A well-

The goal with this 1,700-square-foot home was

thought-out floor plan creates the forms that

to create lots of open yet private space. To

will direct the aesthetics, and a particular style

achieve that goal we used a subtractive process

may help dictate where spaces should be lo-

to turn existing partitioned space into light,

cated and how they should look. While design-

open social space. The glazing and the mate-

ing we have all that in mind so we can achieve

rial choices added to the effect, helping blend

the ultimate creation for our clients.

the interior and the exterior. By staying with the overall theme inside and out, we accentuated the natural elegance of the site while maintaining privacy and light.

HOW DOES BEING DETAIL-ORIENTED ENHANCE YOUR WORK? The details become the most important part of a design after the initial vision is established.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM.

We pride ourselves on consistently producing

We are a Redondo Beach-based architecture

a well-detailed set of documents. If properly

firm specializing in high-end custom residential

detailed, the contractors bidding the project will

and commercial architecture. Our new homes

be able to base their pricing on the same scope,

span Southern California with projects as far

and the client can compare apples to apples. As

south as San Diego and as far north as Pismo

a result, the selected contractor is much more

Beach. We offer design, documentation and

likely to complete the project without an excess

consulting services.

of the dreaded “change order.” The more detailed the plans, the more smoothly bidding and

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN

construction will go, and the better the design

THIS INDUSTRY?

will turn out.

Our clients often ask us to describe our favorite architectural style. The answer is always, “Our

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU

favorite style is your favorite style.” Even if our

OFFER CLIENTS?

clients do not have a specific approach in mind

The process we call Pre-Design, which occurs

when they begin, our highly personalized pro-

before the pencil even touches the paper. We

cess helps them identify their style.

encourage our clients to approach us during escrow or in the very early stages of project

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN ARTIST?

discussion. Pre-Design can save clients a great

I do. Architecture is an equal blend of art and

deal of time and money.

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L TO R: ANTHONY LANEY, AIA, KRISTA LANEY, KANOA CHUNG, EUGENE CHANG, PAUL CHOI, DAN DIGIUSTO, JACQUI NAZARIAN

LANEY LA 213-444-1398 anthony@laney.la Laney.LA

space and into the daughter’s bedroom. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. Laney LA is a boutique architecture studio, dedi-

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

cated to bringing world-class design services

With a growing family, two young professionals

to our South Bay clients. We bring a passion-

needed to expand their charming but mod-

ate and visual approach to the creative design

est home. They commissioned Laney LA with

process. We focus on creating homes that are

preserving a unique, mid-century, single-family

deeply personal, enhancing the unique lifestyles

residence while addressing their need for more

of our clients.

space. Rather than blazing ahead with a large addition, we carefully analyzed every space in the home. We found many opportunities to reimagine under-utilized spaces and reconfigure existing rooms, thereby transforming a small, charming house into a high-functioning house with modern sensibilities. We designed several innovative solutions,

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR BUSINESS FROM THE COMPETITION? We offer a richly visual approach to the design process. By deploying cutting-edge software, our clients can enjoy virtual tours through their new homes from their iPhones and iPads.

including sliding walls, built-in furniture, and dis-

HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE SUSTAINABLE OR “GREEN” ELEMENTS INTO YOUR WORK?

appearing beds and couches. Custom cabinetry

We take a thoughtful approach to solar orienta-

and millwork by Board and Block transformed

tion, shading and natural ventilation.

the new spaces into uniquely functional rooms to meet the family’s needs. Removing a dropped ceiling and adding clerestory windows increased vertical space and introduced bright natural light into a new master bedroom. Taller sliding doors and slim profiles on windows throughout the house further added stronger connections between indoor and outdoor spaces. Because the client is a professional writer,

HOW DOES BEING DETAIL-ORIENTED ENHANCE WHAT YOU OFFER CLIENTS? We leverage technology to manage our projects with great accuracy and efficiency. Our clients often commend us on “letting nothing fall through the cracks.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST NEW TRENDS IN HOME BUILDING AND DESIGN? We are thrilled to see a wave of interest in the

we created an office with a built-in couch that

integrated design of all outdoor spaces. Our

extends into a full-sized guest bed in a single

clients are beginning to expect their yards,

move. An 8-foot sliding barn door, adorned

decks, pools and outdoor spaces to be a high

with photographs that celebrate tender family

priority during the design process, rather than

moments, lends privacy to the dual-use space,

an outsourced, low-priority, last-minute task. We

while an interior transom window placed high on

embrace landscape design as an integral com-

the wall allows ample light to pass through the

ponent of our design process.

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LUANN DEVELOPMENT

LUANN FABIAN P.O. Box 1911, Redondo Beach 310-428-3578 | lfabian@luanndev.com luanndev.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

with subcontractors. We minimize frustration—as

Featured in OurSouthbay.com’s first video

well as extra costs—for our clients by paying

series, House to Home: Episode 1, this family

attention to finishing details and anticipating chal-

home architecturally designed by Trotter Building

lenges before they arise.

Design absolutely captures the South Bay spirit. We began with amazing curb appeal—achieved

WHAT AWARDS HAS YOUR COMPANY WON?

with a tough decision not to overbuild on the lot,

When we started LuAnn Development in 2007,

which is typical in the South Bay. This family was

we recognized that the internet would be a great

hands-on selecting all the interior details, which in-

source of inspiration to our clients as they were

cludes a full-height wainscot stairwell, stain-grade

developing their remodels and new homes. We

beams throughout, subtle color tones and a mix of

were a very early user of Houzz.com, the world’s

textures. Our project allows this charming family

leading platform for home remodeling and design

to entertain and thrive in coastal living.

database. We have proudly been among their

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM . Family-owned and operated since 2007, LuAnn

Best of Houzz in Client Satisfaction and Design for five consecutive years.

Development is managed by owner/general

HOW DOES BEING DETAIL-ORIENTED

contractor LuAnn Fabian and her son, Dominic

ENHANCE WHAT YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

Rouzaud. Along with a team of highly skilled

A successful relationship is built on trust and

subcontractors, we offer services that range from

communication. We give clients full access to their

a simple bathroom remodel to brand new, single-

project collaterals including proposals, contracts,

family home construction. LuAnn’s team also pro-

invoicing, budgets and timelines. Information is

vides full interior and exterior design services—beginning with hardwood flooring through the color of paint on the walls and everything in between. WHAT MAKES A CLIENT CHOOSE YOUR FIRM?

key, and we believe that if you have a transparent and fluid information flow, the building process goes much smoother and our clients can actually enjoy a successful building experience.

Clients feel comfortable working with our team. We have great communication and listening skills,

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM?

organization, reliability, integrity and trustworthi-

While we can’t tell you all the details just yet, I

ness. LuAnn Development has an excellent reputa-

recently did some filming for Zillow. Keep an eye

tion in the community—not only with clients but

on our website for that news!

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ZIGRANG CONSTRUCTION INC. TIM ZIGRANG 2550 Via Tejon Palos Verdes Estates 310-375-3626 timzigrang@gmail.com zigrangcostruction.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

student at USC. Doing small jobs through college

This home has a special place in my heart

helped pay for tuition. After school I worked in

because it is the one and only home I designed

the private sector for a few years, but I always

and built for my family. All three of my daugh-

yearned to be working for myself doing some-

ters grew up in this house when it was a single-

thing creative. In 1988 I started Zigrang Con-

story, 2,500-square-foot, ranch style. I completely gutted the home, added a second story and crested a one-of-a-kind design that was classic but eclectic. From the custom handrail to the hand-split stone to the custom moldings, interesting and creative touches are everywhere. Each of my children gave me input that

struction by myself. Over the years as we grew, we took on more and more employees. Some of these people are still with us after all these years. We are proud that we have created an environment where our employees care as much as I do how our projects run and completed. We

helped guide me in developing spaces that not

believe each project is special, and these build-

only were functional but fun. I like to think I

ings are going to be around for a long time with

bring the same passion to my clients’ homes as

our name attached.

I did my own. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We primarily are a construction company, but we help clients create a team by recommending architects or designers who will fit well with the

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING PROJECTS YOU’VE COMPLETED? We have had the opportunity to work with some great architects and designers on many styles of architecture. The home at 141 Rocky

owners’ desires. With a team approach, we can

Point Road in Palos Verdes Estates sits on the

better manage costs, schedule and desires for

bluff above Lunada Bay and was built for a

our clients. We also have many of the needed

client from London. This home was featured

trades in-house, so there is no need to wait for a

in House & Garden magazine. We completed a

subcontractor to have an opening in their sched-

project on The Strand in Hermosa for a TV ex-

ule to get to our job.

ecutive from New York. This project had a very

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS IN

clean, traditional beach design and is featured

THE SOUTH BAY?

on the cover and inside Coastal Living maga-

I started my company in 1981 while a business

zine’s September 2015 issue.

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ARCHER BUILDING GROUP, INC. BEN ARCHER 707 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100 Redondo Beach 310-602-1492 ben@archerbuilding.com archerbuilding.com

This is a brand new townhome development

HOW DOES BEING DETAIL-ORIENTED ENHANCE YOUR WORK?

in Redondo Beach. We demolished an existing

Attention to detail in construction makes or

single-family home with a small studio on the lot

breaks a build. Meeting code requirements and

and built two 2,500-square-foot townhomes,

ensuring safe construction is only the first step.

each with five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

We ensure that each of our homes is built with

The downstairs kitchen/family/dining room is

quality materials by capable tradespeople. Some-

open-concept, and the 10-foot ceilings add to

one from our team walks through each job on a

its flow. We installed solar panels for both units

daily basis to ensure that construction—founda-

and landscaped the entire lot. The whole project

tion, framing, roofing, woodwork, finishes, etc.—is

came in under budget and ahead of schedule—a

exemplary. We also have superintendents in the

complete success.

field and project managers in the office to make

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

sure there are eyes on our jobs at all times. There HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION?

is so much coordination that goes into a com-

Our goal is to make each client a relentless source

matters and ends up playing a large role in our

of referrals. Client satisfaction is the only way to

budget and our timeline.

plicated remodel or new home. Each little item

achieve that goal. This big-picture approach perquality workmanship with unparalleled communi-

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED YOUR SERVICES?

cation. Above all else, we act with integrity.

As construction continues to boom and con-

We are sticklers for detail not only in the field

tractors become increasingly busy, it is more

but also in the office. We keep detailed records

important than ever to excel at customer service,

of each aspect of the job and keep our clients

meaning delivering on our promises. We do not

up-to-date so they can make informed deci-

accept a job unless we are confident that we can

sions throughout the construction process. We

complete it in a manner that makes us proud.

meates every aspect of our business. We provide

use technology—including our own smartphone app—to give our clients instant access to all of the details of their project. From finish selections to schedule updates, we provide our clients with easy access to every aspect of their project at the touch of a button.

WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR BUSINESS? Melanie Archer, my wife and business partner, has officially joined our company. She manages certain projects and ensures that client experiences remain positive as our company continues to grow and do larger builds. We’re lucky to have her and are looking forward to our continued growth.

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RICHARD HAYNES

2615 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 100 Hermosa Beach 310-379-1724 rhaynes@elwoodcapital.com elwoodcapital.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

with reading their opponents.) My job is to con-

These are two spec home developments we suc-

stantly judge the artistry of a home—in the form

cessfully sold on behalf of our investors. Our mod-

of costs—to deliver the highest possible returns

ern farmhouse spec was completed in Redondo

to our investors—in the form of resale value and

Beach on The Avenues. It earned a full spread

managed expenses.

and article in Kitchens & Baths magazine titled “Farmhouse with Flair.” The second home, located in Hermosa Beach, held a bathroom that won “The Top 20 Bathrooms of 2015” status on Houzz.com, along with a very popular kitchen that included a luxurious butcher-block island. It was sold offmarket prior to completion. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR BUSINESS FROM THE COMPETITION? We are best distinguished as an opportunistic development company. Rather than focusing on one business model, like town homes in north Redondo or spec homes in the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach, we prefer to develop wherever the most attractive options are throughout the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles. During the Great Recession, we focused on low-income housing development in South Central. The past few years has been spec development in the South Bay, and

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED YOUR SERVICES? Our services allow for local South Bay investors to diversify their portfolios into real estate development in their own backyard that is familiar and easy to understand. As we gain their trust here in the South Bay, it allows us to take them to locations all over Los Angeles to earn the best riskadjusted returns during each real estate cycle. WHAT IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF YOUR COMPANY? South Bay spec home development, small-lot subdivision, small commercial and low-income housing throughout Los Angeles. The goal through these means is to allow our investors and clients to invest in real estate passively while enjoying superior risk-adjusted returns not offered in traditional markets.

currently we are working on commercial day care

TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN HOME.

centers and small-lot subdivisions throughout the

I do not own a home! Since I am a full-time real

city of Los Angeles.

estate investor, I analyze everything in numbers.

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST? By no means am I an artist, but the description given to poker’s no-limit Texas Hold’em of being an art and a science really resonates with me. (Players need to know the numbers/odds along

Turns out the cost-benefit analysis says it is better to be a renter in the South Bay and own income property throughout Los Angeles. So I am a tenant paying rent in Hermosa Beach, and I am a landlord who owns income property in the South Bay and Los Angeles.

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RAS-A, INC. ROBERT SWEET

2507 W. 190th St., Redondo Beach 310-937-1760 ras-a.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

dirty. Having a multidisciplinary team of archi-

Located on a long and narrow lot in Manhattan

tects, designers and contractors, we are capable

Beach, the solution is a long and slender build-

of providing complete services—taking a project

ing that is arranged around a courtyard. Carved

from conception through construction.

out of the southern interior side of the lot, the courtyard becomes a large outdoor living space, which brings sunlight into the core of the house and allows the interiors to spill outdoors. The original house, a nondescript stucco box, was hand-demolished to the foundations and external framing. Its footprint and silhouette are recycled into the new design and finished in smooth troweled white stucco, which is in sharp contrast to the dark, charred cedar that clads

WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING ON HOMES IN THE BEACH CITIES? We love working on projects in the Beach Cities because it is the perfect setting to explore the relationship of light, space and a connection to the outdoors. Our climate allows us the opportunity to create buildings that truly blur the boundary between the inside and outside, which exemplifies California modern living.

old patio on the property are repurposed into

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE?

an outdoor fireplace and grill. The interiors have

Aside from being modernists at heart, we try

concrete flooring, maple stairs, walnut casework

not to have any preconceived notions of style

and ceilings of hemlock, which match the sauna.

or a particular formal quality when design-

A passive solar design, consisting of operable

ing—rather, we define a problem and then

windows and ventilating light wells arranged

design a specific solution to that problem. The

to take advantage of constant ocean breezes,

end product is a holistic result that relates

keeps the house cool in the summer without the

to the project’s site (physical constraints,

need for an A/C unit. A hydronic radiant floor

existing structures, zoning, sunlight, etc.), the

system provides clean heat for the house, in-

client’s program and the context or locale of

cluding the outdoor patio—allowing year-round

the project.

the new portions of the house. Bricks from an

use of the courtyard.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

Our clients tend to have a common creative

We are a boutique design-and-build studio that

design process really becomes a collaboration

believes in good design and getting our hands

influenced by the uniqueness of each client.

thread and share in our design approach. The

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C&C PARTNERS DESIGN/ BUILD FIRM, INC. PATRICK CUNNINGHAM, AIA & MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM 1601 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite # 160 Hermosa Beach 310-322-0803 | candcpartners.com patrick@candcpartners.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

beyond, we ensure that every phase of a project

This 7,400-square-foot modern architectural

goes smoothly and that each client gets exactly

home was designed and built by the brother

what he or she desires in their dream home.

team of architect Patrick Cunningham and general contractor, Michael Cunningham. A long, private driveway leads up to this stunning threestory home surrounded by cascading staircases for easy access to the massive entertainment

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR CLIENT’S NEEDS AND DESIRES DURING THE DESIGN / BUILD PROCESS? Design/build firms are experts in the fields of

deck. Stone veneer, textured walls and high-end

architecture and construction. The principals,

finishes accent the expansive open floor plan

or collaborative architects, should be design

leading to the main deck. The seamless indoor/

professionals with formal design training and

outdoor entertaining space showcases amazing

experience, and they should also have profes-

city and ocean views through floor-to-ceiling

sional experience in construction with an un-

sliding glass doors. The spacious gourmet kitch-

derstanding of correct pricing, sequencing and

en features a breakfast bar, huge center island,

how buildings go together. Many homeowners

built-in refrigerator, double ovens, wet bar and

initially hire an architect or home designer. When

glass-enclosed wine cellar. The master suite in-

the plans for their new home are complete, a

cludes a private balcony and luxurious spa bath

contractor is then selected to join the team and

with dual sinks, oversized soaking tub, walk-in

price the proposed project. After many of the

shower and huge walk-in closet. Other features

design decisions are finalized, this can result

include a theater, office, attached garage and

in ballooning budgets and a delay in the start

oversized vehicle parking.

of construction if plans need to be redrawn.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. Our firm has a three-phase, structured, 15-step design/build process, including all aspects necessary for a successful project. Our clients appreciate that we are their one-stop shop. All

In contrast, our design/build approach is truly integrated. The client, architect or home designer, landscape architect, interior designer and construction manager—including the project engineers—all work together from day one to develop a home plan that fits our client’s vision,

projects include a team of seasoned profession-

budget and expectations.

als, and each of them has their defined duties

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST NEW TRENDS IN HOME BUILDING AND DESIGN?

and contributes to assist in the development of a beautifully designed and built custom home. Our

Strategizing and brainstorming ways to capture

trademark is our customer-focused, team-ori-

the South Bay’s natural beauty and integrating

ented custom homebuilding process. From the

these elements in the home design that fits our

first design meeting through construction and

clients’ own unique style.

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CUSTOM DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION 2001 E. Mariposa Avenue El Segundo 310-815-4815 Info@VisitCustomDesign.com VisitCustomDesign.com

Our client approached us while he was in the

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

process of purchasing his half-lot detached unit

Custom Design & Construction’s design/build

in Hermosa Beach. He was drawn to a design/

philosophy encompasses every aspect of a

build approach because although he has great

home remodeling project. We combine architec-

design taste, as a busy professional he didn’t

ture, engineering, interior design, project man-

have the time or energy to manage every detail

agement and financing into a coherent whole.

involved in a home remodel. By bringing us onto

Because we design what we build and build

the project during the purchase, we were able to

what we design, Custom Design & Construction

help assess the true condition of the home. Built

delivers unsurpassed value, job after job, time

in 1976, the 894-square-foot home had exten-

after time.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

sive termite and dry rot damage from years of neglect. The project required us to reframe the home from the inside out. Our client enjoys entertaining small groups. He has a custom turntable and considers himself a mixologist. We opened up the space—planning for his custom turntable to make it ideal for entertaining. The wood floor is reclaimed wood from manufacturing facilities. The reframing work also allowed us to make the roof a deck

WHAT ARE SOME AWARDS YOUR COMPANY HAS WON? With more than 30 years of design/build experience, we have been honored with numerous awards locally and nationally for our outstanding design and service and also for our exemplary business practices. Today we are proudest of our third consecutive year winning Best of Houzz for Service.

the latest design trends and vintage elements,

HOW DO YOU HELP YOUR CLIENTS WITH THE CHALLENGES OF REMODELING?

and our client couldn’t be happier!

When asked, the #1 complaint people normally

with an ocean view. The home is now a blend of

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS? One of the largest differentiators between us and the other design/build firms in the South Bay is that we are able to offer in-house financing. Many of our clients have found this to be beneficial as oftentimes it allows them to complete their entire project at once instead of in phases.

have about their remodeling experience is the amount of dust created by the project. With that in mind, over the past year we have started utilizing a product that eliminates up to 90% of airborne dust as the result of remodeling. Utilizing our proprietary process results in an environment we refer to as “livable remodeling,” and our clients have been grateful that we offer it—as many opt to remain living in their home throughout the remodeling process.

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LANE DESIGN + BUILD GARY LANE 2212 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach 310-937-8081 | Gary@lanedesignbuild.com | LaneDesignBuild.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

home with panoramic views. The home was

This stunning, three-level, coastal contemporary

originally a two-story mix of Spanish and contem-

home was achieved by completely remodeling the

porary styles. The view from the existing roof deck

original home and adding a third-floor living space

was incredible, and the owners wanted to retain it.

for the family of five to enjoy the unobstructed

Later on they wondered if it was possible to go

ocean views. This 3,800-square-foot, five-

up to a third story and connect the living space

bedroom, five-bath beauty boasts luxe features

to the existing deck. So we went back to the city

throughout the home.

for approval, reworked the plans, and the own-

We designed the home to embody an upscale

ers now have their dream house! The owner and

beach lifestyle with natural sunlight, indoor/ out-

I fashioned a surfboard into an outdoor shower,

door living and the use of white marble and drift-

and currently she has launched her own successful

wood grey floors. A quick elevator ride to the third

business: Strand Boards!

floor reveals retracting walls on both sides of the open floor plan to take advantage of the ocean views. A full bar and dining room are open to the spacious outdoor entertaining deck. The kitchen is a chef’s dream, and the breakfast nook is a comfy spot for kids to do homework and art projects. Four spacious bedrooms and three full bathrooms are located on the second floor. The ground floor features a kid-friendly family/me-

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR BUSINESS FROM THE COMPETITION? Our team of designers, architects and superintendents have all worked together for more than 25 years. We have designed and built more than 400 new homes/remodels in the South Bay and have an in-depth knowledge of building codes and city requirements.

dia room that opens to the rear yard, custom

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM?

office space and guest bedroom and bathroom.

We are currently in the design process for a com-

For both adults and kids, this house has every-

mercial property on Pacific Coast Highway in

thing a growing family needs for their Manhat-

Redondo Beach that has an unusual, triangular-

tan Beach Lifestyle.

shaped lot. It was once a drive-up coffee house

WHAT STORY DOES THIS SPACE TELL? What started out as an interior remodel transformed into a three-level coastal contemporary

and a restaurant. My vision is to design a contemporary building that makes a design statement with its shape and functionality.

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LUNADA CONSULTING & DESIGN, INC. JANE BIGGELN 2441 Chelsea Road | Palos Verdes Estates 310-544-1895 | lunada@cox.net lunadaconsulting.com

Perched along a popular Strand-side location

TELL US ABOUT A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR INDUSTRY.

in Redondo Beach, this home was originally a

I was born and raised in Minnesota, so rising with

1½-story beach cottage, which has been trans-

the rooster’s crow has prepared me for the early

formed into an extraordinary, three-story, modern

starts each day as the principal of a design/build

home. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows welcome

firm. I’ve been called a nerd, but I’m more of a

the 180° ocean views from Palos Verdes to Malibu.

multitasking guru. The myriad of challenges start

The contemporary details include teak and blue

with the early-morning subcontractors meetings

glass cabinetry, tiger’s eye stone countertops and

that are met with options and solutions. Next, at a

a floating staircase.

more reasonable hour, I meet with clients and/or

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

Consistent with our design philosophy, the

product suppliers, which draws on my creative tal-

home represents the collaboration of the Lunada

ents to envision and formulate the desired features

Consulting & Design, Inc. team’s creativity and

and space. Later in the day I will often review and

process to reflect the homeowners’ individual

update design plans, product selections and con-

style. The classic California indoor/outdoor living

struction budgets. Since I live for design, I spend a

style draws in friends and family for frequent get-

lot of my time each day thinking about reconfigur-

togethers to create a home our clients now love.

ing walls, opening up ceilings and pulling together materials and finishes to create those spaces that

WHAT MAKES YOU AN EXPERT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

my clients will call home.

It can be very demanding for a homeowner to have a custom home built. My goal at LCD is to

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

make the process work as easily and seamlessly as

The most valuable service Lunada Consulting &

possible for the client. This requires the collabora-

Design, Inc. offers our clients is listening to their

tion and synergy of working with creative profes-

desires and translating that into a reality. LCD is

sionals and drawing on their expertise to integrate

a full-service design/build firm with more than 10

new ideas, product innovations and construction

years of experience practicing in the South Bay,

techniques as well as old-fashioned functionality.

where we live and work. Every detail to take a

I make this happen through my continual com-

project from start to finish requires a consistent

mitment to the design/build field—whether it’s

communication stream between the LCD design

through ongoing education, varied projects or

team, our clients and the many talented profes-

inspiration during walks on the beach or traveling

sionals including the architects, engineers, sub-

along the rivers of Europe.

contractors and product suppliers.

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STUDIO SYNERGY

NUNÉ NITSIOTIS 137 Via Sego, Studio A Redondo Beach

310-792-9500 mail@studiosynergy.co studiosynergy.co

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

bedrooms, a master bedroom suite, an office

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRM’S STYLE.

Studio Synergy was commissioned by a young

and a covered balcony.

With today’s lifestyles in mind, we are vested

family with a very active lifestyle. The couple

A remodeled detached garage captures all

in enhancing the way our clients view and use

wanted to design a home where they could raise

the details of the new home while housing ad-

their homes. Whether a project has a traditional

their family—the perfect backdrop for many

ditional storage for surfboards. The surrounding

or modern vocabulary, we believe our work

lasting memories. As with all of our homes, the

landscape complements the home’s architecture

emphasizes a contemporary appeal. We take full

Wiley residence was thoughtfully designed with

and is a clean combination of tropical and Cali-

advantage of this outlook, and it affords us the

today’s lifestyles in mind and conceived as an

fornia native plantings.

discipline to design to a particular vernacular

WHERE DOES YOUR FIRM GET DESIGN INSPIRATION?

while giving us the creative freedom to break

extension of what is important to our clients. Situated on a large, private lot, this 3,800square-foot, plantation-style home has an open, light and breezy nature that is complemented with a combination of cool colors and traditional materials. A front porch entry leads to a twostory foyer that both welcomes guests and also organizes circulation from the lower level to the upper level of the home. The ground floor features an open floor plan with common areas and a guest bedroom. The back of the home features an exterior patio overlooking the large rear yard landscape. Upstairs there are the more private areas including

the rules when appropriate and create some-

As a South Bay native and graduate of USC’s

thing absolutely unique, aesthetically pleasing

School of Architecture, I draw upon Southern

and timeless.

California’s unique climate, culture, architectural and landscape vernaculars for the firm’s design inspiration. I am continuously fine-tuning my critical eye, finding improvements in and exploring new perspectives through the arts, literature and music. Combine all this with the knowledge of how materials work together and spaces interact—you can’t help but find great passion in the process and be inspired by the creative results.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS. We take great pride in maintaining strong and lasting relationships with our clients because we believe that a house is not a home without them. They entrust us with taking their vision to a higher level, and it is this trust that becomes a significant driving force in producing thoughtfully enduring designs with great integrity. Because of this level of care and attention to detail, our clients enjoy their homes for years to come.

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SARA BALOUGH DESIGNS BEARDSLEY AND SONS CONSTRUCTION, INC. SARA BALOUGH & SEAN BEARDSLEY 1260 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance | 310-251-1968 | sarabaloughdesigns.com 812 North Maria Ave, Redondo Beach | 310-293-6092 houzz.com/pro/theking33/beardsley-and-sons-construction-inc DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CLIENTS.

This Manhattan Beach patio home was built in

Our clients are a fun, young couple, and this is

1985 and needed total gutting: the 1980s kitchen,

their first home. She is in the movie business, and

looming fireplace that separated the living room

he works for a public agency. They say they are

from the kitchen, the master bath without a sepa-

as different as can be, but their taste is totally in

rate shower, ugly florescent lighting, ceramic tile

sync. They wanted a sleek, contemporary interior

floors, clunky baseboards and handrails. Top prior-

with mid-century elements that would accommo-

ities were increasing storage space, updating the

date their family comfortably but also satisfy their

master bath to include a soaking tub in addition

yearnings for clean lines and sophisticated styling.

to a shower and reconfiguring the kitchen/living

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE

areas to increase natural light and openness. The team worked to remove unwanted features

SERVICES YOU OFFER. Sean and Sara work together as a design/build

that blocked space and add necessary storage

team and independently throughout the South

items. The open wet room concept is relatively

Bay and Beach Cities. Beardsley and Sons Con-

new in the master bath—no glass doors and a

struction was founded in 1987 specializing in cus-

flow-through shower. The mosaic tile was ar-

tom cabinetry but has expanded into all aspects

ranged to waterfall from the window wall down

of general contracting for both residential and

the sides of the tub to the shower floor.

commercial spaces. Sara Balough is a local interior

The living room floor-to-ceiling fireplace was removed, which opened up the whole first floor into spacious, well-lit but distinct rooms. The kitchen island functions traditionally on the kitchen side, but on the living room side it holds the television

designer and owner of Freighthouse, Design and Consign in Torrance. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST NEW TRENDS IN HOME BUILDING AND DESIGN? A continuing trend toward clean, open floor plans

as an entertainment unit in a sleek, contemporary

with an emphasis on easy California living. Good

way—always maximizing storage.

value and convenience are important. Easy main-

The team created space for “his” closet in the

tenance materials are popular, like engineered

master bedroom so that both people have their

hardwood, quartz countertops and open showers

own walk-in dressing area. In trade, the laundry

with no glass to clean. Kitchens are so personal

equipment was stacked and tucked behind a door

now. Thoughtful kitchen cabinetry that accommo-

in the hall. It is functional without requiring major

dates their own personal needs is supreme rather

square footage in this limited space.

than a formulaic approach to kitchen design.

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OUTDOOR HARDSCAPES JIM WALSH 20950 #E Normandie Avenue Torrance 310-420-9987 jimwalsh@outdoorhardscapes.com outdoorhardscapes.com

With all of our projects, we want to create a

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

beautiful and luxurious outdoor living space.

Outdoor Hardscapes has been working in the

The Rays’ home provided a terrific blank slate

South Bay for more than 15 years. Holding

for us to work with, so we decided to design a

multiple licenses, our company is able to offer

pool and spa as well as an outdoor lounge area.

one-stop shopping in the landscape and hard-

To match the existing decor of the house, we

scape construction of your home. This includes

used marble and travertine throughout the out-

projects that incorporate pools and spas, out-

door space. Added features including fire bowls

door kitchens, sport courts, entertainment and

and a fire pit, in addition to LED low-voltage

dining areas, fire and water features, designer

lighting, contribute to the overall ambience of

driveways and patios, and cabanas, guesthouses

the project.

and pool houses.

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED YOUR SERVICES?

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST?

Southern California has the best weather in the

more importantly, my team includes some of the

country. We help homeowners maximize and

most talented people in the industry to make the

enhance their outdoor living space, enabling

package complete and suitable to the client. We

them to experience the pleasure of a California

are able to incorporate 3D design technology,

vacation year-round ... without leaving home.

which is an exciting innovation that enables the

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

WHAT IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF OUTDOOR HARDSCAPES?

I do see myself as an artist, but perhaps even

homeowner to see the backyard of their dreams come to life before we begin their project.

ects, at every stage of each project, is invested

WHAT ARE SOME AWARDS YOUR COMPANY HAS WON?

in focusing on the details. We love the “Wow ef-

Outdoor Hardscapes won the national “Service

fect” at the end of our projects!! The only way to

Year Award” from Angie’s List and was also

achieve this—and have the project run smoothly

featured and interviewed in Landscape

in the process—is ensuring that everyone in-

Contractor magazine.

Everyone involved in and working on our proj-

volved is focusing on the details along the way.

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CAROLINE BURKE DESIGNS & ASSOCIATES CAROLINE BURKE 1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Ste. 210 Manhattan Beach 310-546-6862 info@carolineburkedesigns.com carolineburkedesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Our featured project is a Mediterranean-inspired home for a busy family in Manhattan Beach. The outdoor livings spaces are expansive, and they incorporate finishes and furnishings that segue with the interiors for a seamless, sophisticated, comfortable environment. WHAT MAKES YOU AN EXPERT IN YOUR INDUSTRY? I have a business and economics degree from Skidmore College, and I attended The London

custom upholstery samples on-site. WHAT ARE YOUR FIRM’S AREAS OF EXPERTISE? Having lived in New York and London prior to moving to Los Angeles, as well as traveling extensively, has permitted me to have sources outside the immediate area, and that makes each project unique. We bring substance and style to every project with interesting objects, lighting and art, while we also offer superior upholstery through our custom furniture line.

School of Economics and studied interior design

WHAT DO CLIENTS IN THE BEACH CITIES

at UCLA. As a result, I understand both the

WANT MOST FOR THEIR HOMES?

aesthetics required for beautiful interiors as well

Beach Cities clients want comfort and durability

as the critical need for properly allocating and

in their home furnishings. They want homes that

adhering to budgets as they pertain to all the

are stylish and inviting, but they have to function

phases of the project: construction and interiors.

for busy lives that include a lot of outdoor living

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS? My firm has had the same employees for almost

and sports. Our interiors are sophisticated and beautiful while also being super-comfortable and functional.

10 years, and client service is paramount to us.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR BUSINESS

We create beautiful interiors, and we recognize

FROM THE COMPETITION?

that each client is different so we’re able to cre-

I’ve been in business in the South Bay for more

ate homes that represent their aesthetics rather

than 15 years, during which time I’ve established

than one cookie-cutter look.

a strong repeat clientele as well as my own custom furniture line. Our firm is able to cater to

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM?

every client regardless of home style, due to our

We’ve recently acquired additional space for

level of service both in the office and through

our business, so we’re in the process of expand-

the lines we represent. We work closely with

ing the showroom and office. This will permit us

architects, builders and clients to ensure that ev-

to have conference space to meet with clients,

ery home represents the owners and is specific

architects and builders as well as fabric and our

to their needs and lifestyle.

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KATE LESTER INTERIORS KATE LESTER   2212 Pacific Coast Hwy. Hermosa Beach  310-316-3167  info@katelesterinteriors.com  katelesterinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

I started my journey in interior design. I began

This space is a darling playroom designed for

in the sample library of a celebrity design firm

two (very lucky) children in Manhattan Beach.

in Hollywood and soon became the senior

The rest of the home is featured in another part

project manager. I opened Kate Lester Interi-

of this magazine, so I wanted to showcase the

ors in 2010 in Redondo Beach, and have had

playroom to remind readers that kids spaces

projects featured in Ocean Home, DailyCandy,

can also be fabulous! This loosely safari-inspired

Romantic Homes, Unique Homes, Kitchens &

scheme is anchored by playful zebra wall cover-

Baths, Southbay HOME and many others. Last

ing that sets the tone but ultimately acts as

year we opened our new studio space in Her-

the perfect black-and-white backdrop for the

mosa Beach!

rest of the gender-neutral design palette. The versatile rug is actually interlocking carpet tiles that can be replaced in case of spills. Newsprint papier–mâché busts and pop art-inspired animal paintings overlook a teepee reading nook. Since the playroom is right off the main hallway, our clients wanted this room to have the same colorful, cohesive and well-designed feel that is present throughout the rest of the home. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM.  Kate Lester Interiors is a completely full-service interior design firm. We specialize in custom home design and are involved in the design/ build process from framing to furniture installation. Our architectural and construction knowledge enables us to work seamlessly with all trades and has helped create a brand that is synonymous with luxury, comfort and a direct reflection of every client.  HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN THIS INDUSTRY?  Twelve years ago, after leaving a job in finance,

WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING ON HOMES IN THE BEACH CITIES? People really want beautiful a home they can LIVE in. They want a home that is luxurious and unique but also want materials, fabrics and furniture that will enable them to enjoy an active coastal lifestyle with their families and pets. At KLI we provide our clients with “livable luxury,” and oftentimes this means our gorgeous designs holding up to, sand, sun and lots of family entertaining indoors and out! HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION?   We believe that spaces can be functional and luxurious. We strive to put our clients first. We answer the phone, return emails and visit the job site. We practice fiscal responsibility and stay true to our budgeting. By doing this, we build trust. We are good stewards of time and money throughout the design-build process. Most importantly, we work hard to create a lasting positive experience for our clients and a home they will enjoy for years to come.

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NORMAN DESIGN GROUP

PHIL NORMAN 310-378-1111

23824 Hawthorne Blvd., Studio 200, Torrance normandesigngroup.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

taining kitchen, luxury bath and outdoor covered

beautiful designs and emphasizes a reflection

The inspiration for this project was Spanish

veranda complete the package for a fun-filled

of your personality and taste in the final prod-

Coastal. We mixed influences of Spanish architec-

home with all the amenities.

uct. Without having to go to West Los Angeles

ture in the fun unique tiles, custom light fixtures and a remarkable, hand-hammered copper hood in the kitchen—with influences of California coast integrating wood paneling, clean lines, lighter walls and fabrics. We designed the home from the ground up and incorporated indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. A seamless flow between the interior and exterior was important to the clients, and we achieved this by working from the beginning with the architect to execute a harmonious space plan and furniture layout. 

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? First, I offer a very approachable and uncomplicated process to what sometimes can be a very intimidating journey for our clients. Secondly, we hold to a very high standard the knowledge of all

to find your designer, Norman Design Group brings incredible talent and professionalism to the area. We are right here in your backyard, resourcing throughout the city and beyond on a daily basis to keep current with products available for your home. 

interior products and quality of work. Whether in

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE

the built-ins or the furnishings, we want the high-

YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

est quality and detailing for our clients.

I make sure there is a fluid connection between architectural detailing and the interior decoration.

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED

We design and draw all of the molding and archi-

YOUR SERVICES?

tectural details and then complete the home with

ment that has wonderful, custom-designed iron

I am very excited to be right in the middle of South

furnishings and final touches. With this approach

doors and a beautiful encaustic tile floor. The

Bay’s discovery as a wonderful neighborhood to

we capture both key elements that make a home

groin vaulted ceiling is accented with a gorgeous

live and play. The home and design market is re-

successful. We understand first-hand how a young

Vaughan light fixture that casts great shadows on

ally taking off, and I think South Bay residents are

family lives in a home. They have busy everyday

the ceiling. The custom staircase adds magnificent

looking for unique designers to bring extra style

lives, and we try to make their experience along

touches of color in the background. A warm enter-

into their homes. Norman Design Group offers

with their home easy and enjoyable.

We designed the wine room in the base-

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KCM STUDIO KIMBERLY COLLETTI 715 S. Pacific Coast Highway Redondo Beach 310-735-1991 kc@kimberlycolletti.com studiokcm.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

their lives, so it is an honor and privilege … some-

This featured design project was a labor of love

thing I never take for granted.

that took 3½ years to complete. It is a formal, Mediterranean-style home consisting of 22,000 square feet. Classic. Elegant. Refined. Timeless. These words encompassed the design and execution of this unapologetically formal residence. The uniqueness of the detail throughout the home is the ultimate luxury. Ceilings soar, and all are ornamented by stunning, hand-painted 18K and 24K gold artistry. Gilded accents and rich wood tones bring warmth to the otherwise neutral palette. Many Italian antiques were procured, some dating to the 16th century. Contemporary pieces of art create the juxtaposition of time standing still and moving forward. Though grand in scale from a volume and square footage standard, the home maintains a level of intimacy. It is classic, light and timeless.

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST EXCITING AND ENJOYABLE ABOUT THE DESIGN INDUSTRY? It is a never-ending, always-evolving process. What’s old is new, what’s new is old and with a spin. Design is a dance that never tires and is constantly changing and challenging. We are always striving for beauty and comfort, which ultimately is luxury. TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN HOME! My home is neither trendy nor classic. It is Euro/ Cal eclectic. The palette is neutral, with punches of color and textures in the pillows, draperies and accessories. This gives the space a sense of comfort and luxury. Our homes should tell our stories and show some of our passions in life; mine is a gallery in which I get to showcase

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED

some of my life adventures and memories. I have

YOUR SERVICES?

a collection of art ranging from modern to ab-

I love this question because, in reality, they

stract to beautifully framed European pastels, as

don’t. Interior design is not a necessity; it is a

well as photographs of landscapes and architec-

luxury. When someone engages my services, I

ture from my travels. I have a display of colorful

take it very seriously. They are entrusting me to

ceramics my children made for me as gifts as

enter into a very personal and private area of

they were growing up. These are priceless to me.

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ABOUT:SPACE, LLC

JOSETTE MURPHY 345 Richmond Street El Segundo

310-726-0137 Josette@aboutspacestudios.com Aboutspacestudios.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

with a shared full hall bath. On the top level, we

buildings and uncovering the possibilities hidden

Our client is an investor; she bought a wreck of a

expanded the tiny kitchen, opening it up to flow

within. Hence, we can be a valuable ally for some-

house planning to renovate it and re-sell it. Barbi

naturally into the dining area and adjacent large

one looking at property priced at “land value” that

Pappas of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

family room. The front facade was completely re-

can instead be salvaged. In most cases, remodel-

helped her buy this property and then brought

styled as well. Lila Carroll, our client, was integral

ing—and sometimes also adding-on—not only

us in to develop a design vision within a limited

to developing the “look” of the project—selecting

costs less, but takes far less time as compared to

budget. Although the home had suffered from

all the finishes and other visual elements while

demolishing and building all-new. We really enjoy

years of neglect, it had several key positives that

we focused on the architecture. This home is cur-

the “treasure hunt” and the challenge of using

were critical to the decision to leave it standing

rently in escrow with new, very happy owners.

what is already there.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR BUSINESS

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE

FROM THE COMPETITION?

SERVICES YOU OFFER.

As interior designers, we know a lot about fur-

Our team of four professional interior designers

nishings and decorating and all that goes into

has been practicing in the South Bay for more

designing wonderful spaces. However, unlike

than 15 years. Because each project is unique, we

many decorator/designers, our work transcends

take our cues from the client’s goals and from the

HOW DID YOU SOLVE THE CLIENT’S PROBLEMS?

just decorating; we truly understand architecture

architecture. However, one theme that threads

There were some real challenges throughout. By

as well. We stop short of designing entirely new

through our work is that we “know when to

cleverly re-working the bedroom-level layout, we

buildings (we leave that to the experts: architects

stop.” Exercising restraint ensures that our work

were able to add a second full bathroom—creat-

with whom we often collaborate on new construc-

is never “overdone” and will remain timeless no

ing a master suite plus two secondary bedrooms

tion), but we are quite adept at studying existing

matter the style.

and remodel. It was in decent shape structurally and was “maxed out” on the lot, so without major digging it was not possible to build a bigger or taller house. Also the basic layout was right for the local market. So we said, “ Don’t tear it down!” and brought in contractor Jennifer Koster.

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NADIA DESIGNS NADIA ELGRABLY MCMAHON 1601 N Sepulveda Blvd. #383 Manhattan Beach 310-892-1799 nadia.tidg@gmail.com nadiadesigns.org

Having completed the interior of this marvel-

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF CLIENTS’ NEEDS AND DESIRES?

ous home, we were hired to create and blend

We cultivate our client relationships on an individ-

an extended living space for cooking, dining

ual basis. Once establishing the overall goal and

and lounging. The large space sits highest in

budget, it is imperative we can gain insight to their

the multi-tiered yard, which includes a lower

perspective. Each project presents individual and

level pool, patio and planters. Our new design

specific needs. Different methods can be imple-

visually connects to the lower patio as well

mented: hands-on shopping trips or visual presen-

as the home’s interior. Sliding doors from the

tations online followed by feedback and conversa-

breakfast room spill into the new space. Conti-

tions provide critical insight. They are just a few of

nuity was essential to our design. Coral stone

the countless steps we like to take to ensure our

was used to connect the interior and exterior

shared vision. Projects often evolve; priorities may

flooring including the upper and lower patio

change. It is essential that we stay connected to

and stairs.

the client’s driving concerns and needs.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

The cooking space provides the comforts of an expansive cook’s island with amazing capabilities. Deep bronze structures thoughtfully blend and provide artistic interest and shade. A sophisticated heat and lighting system ensure year-round family enjoyment. Additional gardens and planters surround the new

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM? We are thrilled to be opening a flagship salon for master colorist Kim Vo. The grand opening is slated for October/November in the Montage Hotel, located at 224 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills.

ful blooms. They blend and create a frame for

WHICH LANDSCAPING PRACTICES WORK BEST IN OUR CLIMATE?

the spectacular view of the ocean, lower patio

Design is the art of analyzing and implementa-

and gardens.

tion. It is critical that we work with climate, water

space, which is bursting with layers of color-

HOW DOES BEING DETAIL-ORIENTED ENHANCE WHAT YOU OFFER CLIENTS? I have a business degree and an interior design degree. Combined, they provide the foundation for our business practices. Projects operate under design principles and business disciplines. We offer fee-based design, so clients receive superior value for our services.

conservation and organic elements of each space. We work with a talented team with expertise and precision. Each project and garden comes with individual and specific needs. It is not one-size-fitsall. Size does not matter; a charming secret garden can transform the space. From the interior out, we are creating focal points with views of artistic interest. From the exterior in, we are seamlessly adding visual space and function.

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EDEN LA FURNITURE AND INTERIORS JAMIE RODDY 350 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach 310-376-0033 | edenLA@edenLA.com | edenLA.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

genres, but we seem to be doing a lot of glamour-

This project was a fun melding of contempo-

chic these days. What we’re most excited about

rary with transitional. The exterior of the home

is a return to the traditional sense of decorating

is architecturally modern, but the clients enjoy a

(think plush and comfortable with lots of atten-

more traditional Cape Cod interior. So we had to

tion to detail)—but with decidedly updated and

delicately balance the two styles as we furnished

contemporary fabrics and finishes.

the space. We used traditional textiles and rugs but decidedly modern lines for the furniture, art and lighting. The result was a fun and welcoming space, and the clients are thrilled.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS. Our clients are the world’s most wonderful people. They want and deserve dedicated attention to their unique desires and needs while creating in-

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM.

teriors that WOW. They also enjoy life, are usually

Our firm is located in Manhattan Beach, but we

pretty happy and enjoy working with like-minded

have clients all over the South Bay, as well as the

professionals (like us!)

Westside of Los Angeles and all over the world. We have unique abilities and expertise in custom furniture fabrication, so we are able to create truly unique interiors for our clients. I cut my teeth in the industry with furniture design, and it’s morphed into full-scale interior design over the years. We love working with clients who want a new and fresh look that challenges us, so we are consistently working in different styles. From Moroccan Modern to Old World Spanish to European Contemporary and any fun combo in between or

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR COMPANY, AND HOW DOES THAT INFLUENCE YOUR CRAFT? We operate in all areas of life with a level of integrity that flows into our business. I truly believe the reason for our success has been our ability to treat every situation with the utmost integrity to the clients’ needs. That’s why they become addicted to working with us. That, and we’re super-fun.

therein, bring it on. We love what we do, and our

WHAT SETS YOU APART IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

clients love it too.

Our ability to listen and fact-gather before

WHAT ARE SOME SIGNATURE TOUCHES THAT MAKE YOUR FIRM STAND OUT FROM THE REST? Our clients want luxury touches—a more glamorous update. We enjoy decorating in many different

beginning a project really makes working with us efficient and fun. We try to create a dream home for our clients the way that they would do it themselves. Then we kick it up a notch to create interiors beyond what the client had imagined was possible!

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DIANE BARBER DESIGNERY DIANE BARBER Rolling Hills Estates 310-544-4798 dbarberinc@aol.com dianebarberdesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

With great attention to detail and a reputation for

This rustic-modern bachelor home in Palos Verdes

excellence at interfacing with architects, builders,

was completely remodeled. The architectural

subcontractors and suppliers, I oversee the design

transformation of the original 1960s mid-century

details from start to finish. I tip my hat to the

modern house included raising ceilings, remov-

many talented industry professionals who work

ing walls, adding skylights and installing floor-to-

alongside me to transform my creative visions into

ceiling glass windows and doors to create open

beautiful timeless designs.

spaces with a feeling of bringing the breathtaking seascape indoors. Besides a shared appreciation for nature and the arts, the client (a Ferrari aficionado) and I have an affinity for Europe, which inspired the selections of fine materials and finishes: custom milled walnut floors, hand-dyed leathers, an intricate marble mosaic bathroom floor, European fixtures, custom cabinetry and more. Crisp white walls juxtaposed with rich dark woods were chosen to frame a soothing, neutral, earthy color palette. While aesthetics were paramount, the lifestyle

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION? My design expertise is complemented by a strong business acumen. In addition to a design degree from FIDM, Los Angeles that included architectural drafting, I have an international business background. I also grew up working in my family’s construction business, so I understand building at a core level and feel at home creatively collaborating with the various trades on job sites. DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS.

of the client also required balancing beauty with

I have worked with extraordinary clients over

practical functionality. Radiant heat floors, an

the years with diverse lifestyles, backgrounds,

elevator and the latest electrical technology were

budgets and project styles, including traditional,

also incorporated into the project. And in lieu of

transitional, contemporary, earth-friendly and

a typical one-room “man cave,” the entire lower

equestrian properties. From young families, aging-

floor is dedicated to a gym, TV room and work-

in-place adults and clients with multiple residenc-

shop steps away from a sampling of his car collec-

es to single professionals, each one has provided

tion in the garage.

me with a unique design adventure. My greatest

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. I specialize in redesign, remodels and new

compliment is when a client becomes a friend, as many have.

construction with an environmental eye on

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR COMPANY?

repurposing. From initial planning through instal-

“Challenge the ordinary and lead with your heart.”

lation, my clients are always an integral part of

With this approach to my projects, I enjoy a

the process to ensure that the completed project

spirited heart connection with my designs and the

mirrors their personality and unique lifestyle.

people I work with.

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THE DESIGNERS

GRACE HOME FURNISHINGS 11632 Barrington Court Los Angeles | 310-476-7176 1001 N. Palm Canyon Palm Springs | 760-904-6337 info@gracehomefurnishings.com gracehomefurnishings.com

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

California, built to order and can be customized in

Grace Home Furnishings, founded in 2000 by de-

Belgian linen and features bold geometrics and

signers Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker, features

graphic floral prints.

two beautifully appointed showrooms where you can shop, place a custom order or get personalized decorating advice from a team of in-house designers. Whether you are looking for a unique piece of furniture or full-scale interior design services, we can turn that vision into a reality that is classic and refined, elegant yet comfortable. Each project is unique and notable in its own way, and

any way. Our fabric line is also printed locally on

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED YOUR SERVICES? Customers seek us out for our full-service interior design. We can facilitate furnishings, wall coverings, window treatments, etc. We make the process simple, fun and exciting for busy professionals so they can enjoy both the process and the result.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

we enjoy the variety of work. We understand that

This Palm Springs vacation home was for our

the same fabrics and accessories that work for a

clients Susie and Barry Cottle, whose main home

single professional will not be practical for a fam-

is in Manhattan Beach. The home was a classic

ily with young children. We can guide our clients

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR CLIENTS’ NEEDS AND DESIRES?

mid-century built by the Alexander Construction

to pieces that are not only aesthetically appeal-

Excellent communication. We strive to create a

Company and was once owned by philanthro-

ing but that work with their lifestyle as well. Our

wonderful relationship with our clients—from our

pist Jeannette Edris Rockefeller. They loved the

clients inspire us—we love working with them in

first meeting until the project is completed and

private, expansive backyard but hated the dark

finding the style that appeals to them most.

beyond. Our first step in any design project is to

interiors. That’s where we came in. Designer Michael Ostrow painted the walls white and worked with a palette of aqua and green to create a fun, bright, casual environment. All new furnishings, window treatments, wall coverings and artwork were selected.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOUR BUSINESS FROM THE COMPETITION? We produce our own Grace Home Collection© of custom upholstery, case good pieces and fabric. All of our furniture is manufactured in Southern

meet with our clients in their home and discuss the vision they have for their space. Once we have a good understanding of what they want and need, we work closely with them to make it happen. Our goal is create spaces our clients can relax in, entertain in and, most importantly, call home.

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KONNI TANAKA DESIGN GROUP KONNI TANAKA, CID 955 Deep Valley Drive #2392 Rolling Hills Estates 310-265-3632 konni@konnitanaka.com konnitanaka.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

fostering peace. You luxuriate in the feel of fabrics

My clients are New York urbanites who fell in love

and materials, in the interplay of patterns, colors

with California’s relaxed spirit and radiant sun.

and form. Your home should be your sanctuary.

Their Realtor, Tracy McKenna, found their dream

To get there, we focus on discovery and out-

home. Still under construction, it commanded a

comes. We explore how different spaces feel to

view of the breathtaking Queen’s Necklace coast-

you to identify what truly resonates. We discover

line—and I had the great pleasure of working with

your associations with special locations and deter-

the couple to make it their haven.

mine the colors, textures, materials and styles that

Together we struck a note of contemporary, elegant luxury for an inviting, understated space per-

satisfy your senses. That’s the creative magic, but there’s also a

fectly resonant with the home’s Tuscan architec-

disciplined process: We analyze your use of each

ture. The living room’s splendid bisque limestone

space, we establish an efficient and enjoyable

floor works beautifully with the nuanced colors of

design process, we plan a materials list within your

the furniture. For the family room, I designed an

budget, and we provide complete construction

avant-garde wood, metal and acrylic cabinet that

drawings. My background in architectural design

houses a historically significant Chagall. Elegant,

and our CAD capabilities make collaboration with

minimal fireplaces contrast with dynamic custom

architects and engineers easy.

chandeliers above the artist-crafted dining room table and stairway. For the office we designed a

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM

desk and built-ins, featuring sunburst patterns on

THE COMPETITION?

the cabinet doors.

We want to exceed expectations in design. I was formally trained in painting at the University of

HOW DO YOU TAP INTO YOUR CLIENTS’

Chicago, so I bring a high level of design disci-

NEEDS AND DESIRES?

pline to my work with a keen eye for form, color

Successful design is ultimately about beauty. It’s

and composition. The legendary French designer

how sublime architecture takes you effortlessly

Alberto Pinto, a master at creating complete envi-

through sunlit rooms. Beauty is in the smooth

ronments, is my inspiration.

performance of mechanical parts and in the luster of wood floors. Details and furnishings thrill your

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU OFFER TO PREPARE

eye. Each element plays together like an orchestra

FOR THE DESIGN PROCESS?

performing a glorious symphony.

Beauty, Inspiration, Transformation – Seven Tips

Beauty is deeply personal—how a space trans-

to Create Your Haven helps you plan for new con-

ports you back to special places and elevates your

struction or remodeling. Email, call or visit

sense of self, opening your mind and senses and

konnitanaka.com to request a free copy.

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VON HEMERT INTERIORS FLOYD ELWELL, SIA MOZAYANNI, GREGORY TOWLE 23649 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 310-373-0442 | info@vonhemertinteriors.com | vonhemertinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

personalized service. We understand that qual-

This client has multiple homes and used to stay

ity and integrity matter to our clients.

at his Los Angeles address only a few times a year. When Gregory met with his client for the

WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?

initial consultation, he entered a large home

von Hemert Interiors is a fourth-generation

that had been 100% designed and furnished 30

family business. Our longevity has enabled us to

years prior by his former wife’s Parisian interior

have unique relationships with artists and high-

designer. What ensued shortly after that first

end furniture brands. We are proud of having a

visit was an almost two-year complete upgrade

team that can take small or large projects from

and remodel to the entire estate.

its inception to completion. Our designers are

Gregory had all furnishings (that they

professionals who understand the importance

decided to keep) restored, refinished, reuphol-

of being detail-oriented. They know a finished

stered. Then he ordered custom furniture, floor

room has many layers, and they pay as much

coverings, wall coverings, window coverings and

attention to the scale, balance, color, art and ac-

lighting fixtures to complete the estate’s massive

cessories as they do to the furniture.

facelift and upgraded it to a Smart Home. The result is a truly amazing property and a very

TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY’S FOCUS.

satisfied client who now spends a lot more time

The main focus of von Hemert Interiors is to of-

at his Los Angeles address. Needless to say,

fer high-end quality home furnishings, window

Gregory has worked on his other properties too.

treatments, wall coverings, accessories and

We just LOVE happy endings!

interior design services. Clients’ needs vary from needing to furnish an entire house to those

WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM

seeking that one perfect piece. Our goal is to

THE COMPETITION?

offer comfortable and beautiful furnishings that,

The trust people have in our firm. It is also the

while up-to-date, are classic and timeless.

almost 100 years of combined experience, quality home furnishings and skilled designers. We

WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM?

travel to Italy and bring back bespoke, hand-

Growth. We understand our clients have a

crafted Italian furniture. We also carry a selec-

choice and there are many products to choose

tion of upscale domestic brands. Our designers

from. We pay close attention to what people

are professionals who believe in the art of living

need and look for in new furnishings. We have

comfortably and beautifully. They act as von

recently launched our own line of green, hand-

Hemert Interiors ambassadors who make sure

crafted furniture, Compass Pointe, of which we

their clients get the very best furnishings and

are very proud.

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HOME THEATRE

VISION AND SOUND 2617 N. Sepulveda, Suite 200 Manhattan Beach

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT VISION AND SOUND’S MANHATTAN BEACH SHOWROOM.

310-545-6500 sales@visionandsound.tv visionandsound.tv

another at different stages.

Our showroom was designed to be more of an

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS IN

experience center, where clients can feel at home

THE SOUTH BAY?

and experience the systems we install in a similar

Vision and Sound was originated through the

environment to that of their own home. We have

merger of two smaller companies that started in

the ability to showcase a wide variety of sys-

2002 and 2006. The official merger and inception

tems, including Savant PRO automation system,

of Vision and Sound was in 2010.

state-of-the-art custom theater, Lutron motorized shades, Lutron lighting control system, switchable

WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING ON

smart glass, mirror TVs and more.

HOMES IN THE BEACH CITIES?

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE

Even though the homes in the Beach Cities are not

SERVICES YOU OFFER.

typically the largest homes we work on, we find

Vision and Sound is a California C7 licensed low-

that the majority of our projects in the South Bay

voltage contractor that specializes in high-end

require most or all of the services and products

new construction and major remodels to provide

that we offer.

a complete turnkey solution of A/V, automation, custom theaters, security, motorized window cov-

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT

erings, networking, and phone and intercom sys-

CAPTIVATES YOU?

tems. We handle the design, engineering, project

The possibilities are endless, and technology is

management, acquiring of products, installation,

always advancing at an incredibly fast pace.

programming, customer training and service.

This makes every day exciting, as we’re often

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN

researching something new and we are always

THIS INDUSTRY?

looking to push the boundaries to meet all of our

Our attention to detail and unparalleled customer

clients’ needs.

service are definitely the main reasons why we have such a good reputation. We also have a

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU

unique internal operations structure that allows us

OFFER TO CLIENTS?

to provide a very personal touch to each project

The ability to always reach one of us regardless of

by having a single point of contact from beginning

the day of week or time of day. All of our clients

to end, as opposed to one person handing it off to

have our cell phone numbers.

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